Oliver Gettell of Entertainment Weekly via MSN.com
Filmmaker and actor Nate Parker has criticized media coverage of his 1999 rape trial and acquittal, the details of which recently resurfaced and embroiled his new historical drama The Birth of a Nation in controversy.
In an excerpt from an interview airing Wednesday on The Steve Harvey Show, Parker, 36, says he has spent the past month “watching the ticker of headlines, salacious headlines, asking myself, ‘What are these journalists trying to do? Do they care about anyone involved? Do they care about what we’ve been talking about?’ I think it’s been a tragedy on so many levels.”
He adds, “I’ve had to ask myself, ‘These headlines, are we in the business of headlines or are we in the business of healing?’ Because I’m trying to do the work. I’m trying to figure out how to navigate this space that I’m walking through as an artist who was falsely accused, vindicated [in the] judicial system.”
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