We already told you on Monday that Birth of a Nation was a box office fail over the weekend, coming in at sixth place with $7.1 million in ticket sales. What we didn’t know at the time was Black women were going to be blamed for the film’s downfall, though we should’ve guessed it because when is the world ever on our side?
Black feminists caught wind of the blame being placed on their shoulders and, quite frankly, they’re not having it. While there have been musings all over the Internet about the joy Black women allegedly take in bringing Nate Parker down ever since his rape allegations resurfaced, the straw that broke the camels back is likely this article in Medium, written by a Black woman no less, who argues “the unrepentant pettiness of Black feminists” is what caused BOAN to flop.
“If you haven’t seen/read the news already, Birth of A Nation has flopped in the box office and we have black feminism, which is just fancy cyber vernacular for ‘I hate black men because I always choose the wrong types of black men to entertain’ and their male minions to thank.”
The author goes on to claim it’s the fact that Parker’s wife is a white woman — not the fact that he allegedly raped one — that really set Black feminists off because “We are petty, we are insecure, we are destructive, we have more social and political power than our male counterparts than we’d like to acknowledge and we need to use it better.” And that’s one of the arguments Roland Martin brought up on NewsOne this morning when discussing the theories for the film’s downfall with our intern Quindara Lazenbury who wrote this review of the film. And as expected, that was not well received, especially when Martin tweeted this before the show’s airing.
Well now the writer has gotten her wish for Black women to use their social power because Twitter is lit right now with Black women who refuse to let their opposition of supporting an alleged racist be reduced to taking issue with his wife’s skin color, or be the scapegoat in Parker’s mess while he, again, escapes any consequences of his wrongdoing. Peep the tweets:
What do you make of this nonsense?
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