Black Entertainment : Stop Blaming Black Women for ‘Birth of a Nation’s’ Low Opening

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  1. IFE

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      Opinion] Nate Parker’s film was hampered by the director’s past controversy, but somehow Black women are to blame? Nah


      As widely reported, Birth opened at a disappointing sixth place, raking in just $7 million over its opening weekend. In what has become typical fashion, Black women alone were blamed almost immediately for the film’s flop–despite women making up 60 percent of its viewers. One writer explicitly pinned the lackluster box office receipts on “the unrepentant pettiness of Black feminists.”

      Even famed journalist Roland Martin, joined in on the blame game. In a series of tweets, the News One Now host lambasted The Root’s Yesha Callahan for a piece she wrote about the film’s unimpressive opening, saying the piece was “riddle with falsehoods” and disputing Callahan’s claim that the film was a flop. Martin even tweeted Callahan directly, questioning her credibility and skill as a journalist, claiming to have challenged her “several times before to step up her journalistic game,” and urging her boss to “pull Yesha aside” and “teach her to report a lot better.”



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    Then go see a good movie




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    This whole situation is silly. No one is obligated to go spend their money on a movie no matter the content nor the creator of said content. There are more than one means of gaining access to the information about our ancestor Nat Turner, one means of which I am partial to is via books. This blaming people for not spending their money on a movie just because we like the subject matter is childish and should be below us.
     
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    Otherwise, stop complaining when our stories are no longer told from our point of view




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    Then you don't get to complain when our stories are no longer told from our point of view. It's as simple as that




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    Our stories can always be told from our view, since there are a bunch of different forms of media that are possible to use (Video, Film, Books, Magazines, Websites, etc). I personally prefer books and documentaries as a source of historical information, but I am willing to watch movies too if I find them interesting. Still, just because I find something interesting does not mean I feel other people should be browbeaten to find it interesting and spend their money on it too. The information about Nat Turner and his Slave Rebellion can just as easily be found for free on the Internet or via a decent public library. It is the information that is important, not the the medium the information is presented in.
     
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    It takes money to do a proper film. Whether entertainment or documentary, that requires public support. Most of those you refer to are done by people who aren't us




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    Blaming black women is now the knee-jerk reaction; people don't even give it thought now these days as to whether it makes sense or not. Somehow we have all this power and influence, but are told we have none at all when we want to do what we want without other people's limitations placed on us.

    It's so old. I recommend black women just teach their daughters to ignore all that nonsense; they aren't obligated to line anyone's pockets just to learn the history of our ancestors in this land.
     
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    1. Until you have a daughter, you cant recommend

    2. You didn't see the film




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