A week before the release of Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, Sharon Loeffler, the sister of the woman who accused Parker and his Birth of a Nation co-writer Jean Celestin of rape in 1999, has penned an open letter for Variety criticizing the film. Loeffler says she was inspired to speak out after learning that the movie includes a scene where Nat Turner's wife is raped by a group of white men, an event that does not occur in the slim historical record of Turner's life. "This is fiction," she writes. "I find it creepy and perverse that Parker and Celestin would put a fictional rape at the center of their film, and that Parker would portray himself as a hero avenging that rape." As a freshman at Penn State, Loeffler's sister accused Parker and Celestin of raping her while she was passed out in their apartment; Parker was acquitted, while Celestin was found guilty of sexual assault but later had his sentence overturned. She committed suicide in 2012 and now, Loeffler says, "I feel a duty to speak on her behalf."
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
SNL Recap: Tina Fey’s Advice for Felicity Jones
Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Can’t Avoid Golden Showers on SNL
Jennifer Holliday Cancels Donald Trump Inauguration Performance
So, What Is The Young Pope Actually About?
One Day at a Time Calls Out the Che Guevara T-Shirt in One Perfect Scene
La La Land’s Ending Reveals the Movie’s True Romance
The OA’s Emory Cohen Defends the Movements
Latest News from VulturePBS Will Make You Feel Bad About Canceling that Newspaper Subscription with New Series Press
King Charles III playwright Mike Bartlett is writing the series.Broadway Stars Are Holding an Inauguration Day NYC Show to Raise Money for Human Rights Organizations
Chita Rivera, Kelli O'Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell and other legends are slated to perform.Oprah Winfrey, Van Jones and Ava DuVernay Met to Discuss 13th and Politics.
“I’m challenged by the idea that we are not holding people accountable for their votes.”
Is this what passes for drama now?Skrillex Reunited With His Former Emo Band, From First to Last, For a New Song
Hear the new track, "Make War," here.The Affair Recap: The Awful Truth
Cole's love for Alison may lead to his undoing.Ken Burns Is Adding Another Episode of Baseball Doc Covering the Cubs' World Series Win
“I’m sort of obligated.”Victoria Series Premiere Recap: Royal People Problems
Victoria has everything a British period drama needs.Nick Cannon Has a Theory on Who Sabotaged Mariah Carey's NYE Performance
"You know me: I'm a conspiracy theorist."Homeland Season Premiere Recap: Transition of Power
The good news: Quinn is alive. The bad: He's very far from okay.
No churchly hymns here.So, How Exactly Is the Pope Chosen? A Young Pope Primer
#SmokeWatch.All of the Hats in The Young Pope Premiere (and What They Mean)
So many hats.The Young Pope Series Premiere Recap: There's a New Pope Now
The Young Pope is wildly entertaining, even if it's a bit of a mess.President Obama Opens Up About Donald Trump, His Legacy and Leaving the White House on 60 Minutes
Watch clips from Obama's last 60 Minutes interview as POTUS.Lady Gaga, Danai Gurira, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman Signed an Open Letter Supporting Girls' Education Sherlock Season Finale Recap: The East Wind
"The Final Problem" barely resembles Sherlock as we know it.Donald Trump Reviews Last Night’s Saturday Night Live: ‘Really Bad Television’
Surprise, surprise.WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka Dead at 73
Snuka was last in the ring in 2014.Theater Review: BAM’s Bangup Revival of The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Ire in Eire.