Gabrielle Union is breaking her silence on the Birth of a Nation star Nate Parker and the rape allegations surrounding him. As you know Gabrielle Union is a victim of rape herself, which makes sense why she’s breaking her silence on the matter.
In the lengthy piece, Union also shares her personal experience with sexual assault (she was raped at gunpoint 24 years ago) and why it was so important for her to play the role of a rape victim, as she does in the film.
Gabrielle Union Writes:
Since Nate Parker’s story was revealed to me, I have found myself in a state of stomach-churning confusion. I took this role because I related to the experience. I also wanted to give a voice to my character, who remains silent throughout the film. In her silence, she represents countless black women who have been and continue to be violated.”
Now Gabby doesn’t say whether or not she believes that the director actually did the crime that happened 17 years ago, but she goes on to say; “Regardless of what I think may have happened that night 17 years ago, after reading all 700 pages of the trial transcript, I still don’t actually know,” she writes. “Nor does anyone who was not in that room. But I believe that the film is an opportunity to inform and educate so that these situations cease to occur on college campuses, in dorm rooms, in fraternities, in apartments or anywhere else young people get together to socialize.”
Read her full essay here…