Thursday, September 29, 2022

Oprah Winfrey Says Red Carpet ‘Not the Place’ to Discuss Nate Parker’s Rape Case

Executive producer Oprah Winfrey attends OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's “Queen Sugar” premiere at the Warner Bros. Studio Lot Steven J. Ross Theater on August 29, 2016 in Burbank, California.
Executive producer Oprah Winfrey attends OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Queen Sugar” premiere at the Warner Bros. Studio Lot Steven J. Ross Theater on August 29, 2016 in Burbank, California.

*Back in February, Oprah Winfrey was among the first people outside of a film festival to see Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” when she reportedly screened it privately with her BFF Gayle King.

“Nate Parker, we just saw your film … that you produced, wrote, directed, starred in. … We bow to you, my brother,” she said Feb. 1 on Instagram.

Since the screening, controversy has hovered around Parker over the rape case he was involve in 17 years ago while a student at Penn State.

Winfrey was at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank on Aug. 29 for the premiere of “Queen Sugar” (which she co-created with Ava DuVernay) when The Hollywood Reporter asked her about the recent headlines surrounding Parker. Winfrey politely declined to comment.

“I will not talk about it on the red carpet. Not the place, but thank you.”

Also not answering was DuVernay, whose series coincidentally includes a storyline about a woman accusing NBA players of gang rape.

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  1. Not only is the red carpet NOT the place to discuss Nate Parker’s adjudicated matter, it should be a mute point – PERIOD.

    Racist white folks, nutty feminists, and chatty negroes want to keep some mess going over a matter that is a non-effing issue.

    This man dared to make a film depicting strong black men, and he named the film after the avowed racist filmmaker, D.W. Griffith’s film, and white people are beside themselves…

    Look, for those of you ignorant butt holes who want to keep crucifying Nate Parker over his consensual affair with the now deceased caucasian girl, here’s the deal; If Nate parker would have been remotely guilty of attacking that white, young lady, they would have thrown the book at him. You obviously have no clue about the area in which this sordid affair took place. So let me school you on the context once, and for all.

    First, State College, PA is NOT African-American “friendly.” Those farmers don’t like black people. How do I know, I used to cover Penn State football assignments in that region. So I’m very familiar with “Centre County.”

    Second, Nate Parker was NOT famous, and did NOT have the prestige, or money that he has today. So there was no “favoritism” afforded to Parker due to celebrity status. Therefore, if Nate had raped that young lady, those good old boys would have placed him under the jail.

    Third, it’s NOT like the racist investigators did NOT try have Parker convicted. They did! They threw everything they had at Parker, and NOTHING stuck.

    A jury panel of 11 white people, and one African-American woman exonerated Parker. I want to see all of the red, white, and blue flag waving for our judicial system on this matter that white folks are so fond of conveying when a white person is exonerated. Okay?

    Please hurry up, and get over your black man raping white girls fantasies people, and STFU about this MANUFACTURED BS…

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