That no longer seems to be the big pictures since Oscar buzz surrounding ‘Birth of a Nation’ has been deadened thanks to rape allegations from his past where he was acquitted. Get more on the Nate Parker Controversy results …
The film ignited Hollywood with fiery hype before being engulfed in controversy after Nate Parker, who wrote, produced, directed and stars in Birth of Nation. Nate said he did not “feel guilty” about the events that prompted the controversy. Parker also insisted that he was “falsely accused.”
This weekend Parker got a big dose of backlash to his unapologetic behavior in interviews and now his movie is suffering like Johnny Depp’s Alice Through The Looking Glass movie that bombed in the box office after Amber Heard accused him of domestic abuse.
The eagerly anticipated historical drama, which was set to draw in major money for the studio has now fallen under ill feeling towards Parker. A boycott against Parker was ignited after he was engulfed in controversy surrounding his involvement in a college rape trial.
The film, which chronicles the 1831 slave uprising of Nat Turner, arrived with towering expectations: It was snapped up for a record $17.5 million at Sundance earlier this year and was heralded by many as a welcome salve to the #OscarsSoWhite uproar that bogged last year’s diversity-challenged Academy Awards. – PEOPLE
With industry buzz, warm reviews and rapid-fire media coverage couldn’t overcome the public’s tepid response to the film, which had been pegged as a strong awards contender was smashed by the competition. Instead, the twisty thriller The Girl on the Train, starring Emily Blunt rubbed out Birth of Nation with one stop. Bunt’s film pulled in a sturdy $24.7 on its first weekend.
If you recall, The alleged victim, a former classmate at Penn State University, accused both Parker and his friend, Jean Celestin, of sexually assaulting her while she was unconscious. She committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 30.
The allegations were NEVER brought up until Parker’s career started to sore and Birth of a Nation began to take shape as an Oscar contender. Instantly Nate was thrust under an intense spotlight after news of his involvement in the case resurfaced this past summer.
Though, Parker, who was acquitted, has maintained his innocence, asserting that the sexual encounter was consensual. Celestin, a collaborator of Parker’s on Birth of Nation, was convicted but later acquitted on an appeal after the witness declined to testify.
““You know, I went to court. And I sat in trial. You know, I was vindicated. I was proven innocent.”
It appears that Parker rubbed fans the wrong way when he came off like he didn’t care that the woman took her own life in 2012.
Parker is expected to make an appearance this week at the London Film Festival, where Birth of the Nation is on the screening slate.
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