Turner led the largest slave rebellion in American history.
Co-authored by Joshua D. Smith Despite setting a record for the highest price paid for a film at Sundance ($17.5 million
"This black life mattered."
Turner is one of those mostly forgotten people who can be said to have helped change the course of history. He joined with
Doesn't an African American artist deserve the same chance for rehabilitation that was extended to a white one? I have no easy solution, just questions and an old memory of vulnerability.
The Parker controversy also casts an ugly glare on the notorious celebrity double standard. The celebrities that have found themselves plopped on the legal hot seat have a huge advantage that the average Joe couldn't even begin to dream of and would likely face long prison terms for.
Rape is a horrible crime. And Parker's lack of accountability about his past actions is unsettling. What, if anything, could he do now to make this situation "right", or just more palatable? I don't know that either. And it really, really bothers me.