Nate Parker talks male privilege, consent in new interview

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After the culmination of the historical biopic, which tells the story of Nat Turner's failed slave rebellion, Parker was asked why he chose to make, "yet another slave film" and said it was "difficult to talk about injustice and not deal with what's happening right now", referencing the current firestorm around him.

Parker said he regrets what he has previously done in his life and he is trying to be a better person now. "I didn't think about her then, and I didn't think about her when I was saying those statements, which was wrong and insensitive".

"If I touch her breast and she's down for me to touch her breast, cool", he told Ebony. "If she didn't say anything and she was open, and she was down, it was like, 'How far can I go?"

The 36-year-old father of five daughters explained that his 19-year-old self had a much different mindset than he does now and if he could go back, he would explain to his teenage self what a healthy relationship is and how his actions could affect women.

Listing 10 points they found important to understanding the trial (including details they say the media selectively ignored), the group denied that Black students harrassed the woman, while acknowledging the need for a public "discussion about misogyny, misogynoir and toxic masculinity". Parker's initial comments following the news of her death were accused of being self-centered at best, focused on making her death about him and the consequences for his rising career. On Aug. 16, Parker posted an essay sharing his reaction to that news: "I look back on that time, my indignant attitude and my heartfelt mission to prove my innocence with eyes that are more wise with time". Parker and his upcoming movie has been the subject of intense scrutiny after he gave interviews to Deadline and Variety about being accused of sexual assault in college. "I think the definitions of so many things have changed".

Parker also admitted that he hadn't thought about the incident "at all", prompting the interviewer to add: "That's going to come off very...privileged". "My only thought was I'm innocent and everyone needs to know".

I think that's a tough question, because the 2016 lens, even now in a relation I feel like I'm way more attentive and curious as to what my wife wants, if she feels like it, her body language. In today's Ebony Q&A, he says, "It's like, if I don't know how to swim and two weeks later I know how to swim, I know how to swim. And I think that those are the things that over time create legacies". "I guess we can use it as a beach set now". There will be people who won't accept me, and that's okay.

During a one-on-one interview with Ebony, Parker also discussed consent and his 19-year-old self. "I'm trying to transform behaviors and ideas that have never been challenged in certain ways in my life". In my Facebook feed, I've seen people - some of whom have are victims of sexual assault - say that justice was not served and they will not support the film because they can not support Parker (or Celestin, who receives a credit on the film).

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