Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton is questioning why filmmaker Nate Parker is under intense public scrutiny for rape charges leveled against him 17 years ago. He believes the rehashing smacks of a possible right-wing conspiracy to keep the public from seeing his film The Birth of a Nation, reports The New York Daily News.
“If a person is accused of a crime and is acquitted, are we now saying they should not be considered for an Oscar?” he asked.
Parker produced, directed, and stars in the upcoming much talked about film, a drama that centers around the 1811 slave rebellion in Virginia led by Nat Turner. The film is Parker’s directorial debut and most critically acclaimed work.
Recently, it was revealed that Parker and his then-college roommate-turned-writing-partner, Jean Celestin, were accused of raping an 18-year-old woman while she was intoxicated and unconscious during their tenure as students at Penn State University.
Parker was acquitted of the crime; Celestin’s initial conviction for sexual assault was overturned on appeal because the victim, who eventually committed suicide, could not bring herself to testify again.
Now that the film has received positive reviews as a groundbreaking piece of historical cinema at the Sundance Film Festival and is being eyed as a possible Oscar favorite, Sharpton believes it is more than a coincidence that Parker’s past got dredged up.
He is raising more than a brow regarding the Parker firestorm, telling the News, “I want answers. I’m suspicious. The timing and the standard [are] my concern[s.]”
SOURCE: The New York Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
Is Nate Parker The Victim Of A Right-Wing Campaign? was originally published on newsone.com
DC Appoints Their First Black Woman Police Chief
Marvin Sapp, Mahalia Jackson and More Named Inductees For The Black Music and Entertainment Walk Of Fame
See Marcus Jordan Live At The 15th Annual Spirit of Praise
'The Angel That Raised Me As A Kid': Kirk Franklin Fondly Remembers Adoptive Mother Gertrude
See Smokie Norful Live At The 15th Annual Spirit of Praise
Tickets On Sale Now: The 15th Annual Spirit of Praise October 14th at Reid Temple AME
Warning: What You Need To Know About Scam Using Urban One-Radio Name
Happy Birthday Hip Hop! Here’s 11 Gospel Hip Hop Songs To Celebrate With