- Jan 20, 2015
- Stop Blaming Black Women for 'Birth of a Nation's' Low Opening ...
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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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