Black feminists refuse to take credit for sabotaging Birth of a Nation by Byron Crawford

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Somebody get Feminista on the phone.

If Birth of a Nation was going to be a success, it would have been from white people going to see it. But word got out that it was a movie about a slave that went nuts and went around killing white people, without any scenes in which the black guy has magic powers or a white guy is the real hero, and they were like, “Uh, no thank you.”

Black feminists sabotaged Birth of a Nation, and now they’re upset because people are blaming them for the film’s poor performance at the box office. What sense does that make?

Inconsistency, thy name is Shaniqua.

Birth of a Nation hit theaters this past Friday, i.e. a week ago today, and apparently not very many people went to see it. It grossed $7.1 million at the box office. Because it costs literally an arm and a leg to see a movie in the theater these days, that means only a small handful of people went to see it.

The top movie at the box office this past weekend was the Girl on the Train, which looks like a garbage Gone Girl knockoff. Birth of a Nation came in sixth place, i.e. fifth loser, sandwiched in between movies called Storks and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

Tha fuck? Who comes up with this shit? I could have filmed myself reading from Infinite Crab Meats, and it would have come in eighth.

You’d think black feminists would be happy to see Nate Parker fail, after having spent the past few months dragging his name through the mud, but they’re trying to front like they didn’t have anything to do with it.

To hear them tell it, it’s Nate Parker’s fault the film underperformed. They didn’t like his tone in interviews in the week or so leading up to the release of the film. He went on 60 Minutes, the Breakfast Club and a few other shows, publications and what have you and basically said he wasn’t gonna apologize, because he didn’t do it in the first place, as proven in a court of law.

They would have rather he admitted to Barbara Wawa or whoever interviewed him that he was in fact guilty, not because then they would have seen the film, but because they like the idea of being able to tell a man what to do.

Parker’s lawyers, meanwhile, probably advised him not to admit to any guilt, regardless of what effect it may have had on the box office, because he could fuck around and still get locked up for that shit. All around the country, they’re trying to make it so there is no statute of limitations on rape. Though arguably, you shouldn’t have to do time if the victim has since died anyway.

The real reason black feminists stayed away from Birth of a Nation in droves is that it didn’t look slapstick enough. Had it been set in a barbershop, or if it involved Nate Parker wearing a dress, they would have been all over.

Show me one example of a film that’s suitable for adults that was a box-office success as a result of black feminist support. I’ll wait.

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If Birth of a Nation was going to be a success, it would have been from white people going to see it. But word got out that it was a movie about a slave that went nuts and went around killing white people, without any scenes in which the black guy has magic powers or a white guy is the real hero, and they were like, “Uh, no thank you.”

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