Gabrielle Union And Nate Parker Speak On Hollywood’s Lack Of Diversity In Film
The folks at E! caught up with Gabrielle Union and Nate Parker on the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival where their film Birth Of A Nation has received high praise in the face of the ongoing controversy surrounding #OscarsSoWhite. They were both asked about their thoughts on what needs to be done to create a more balanced representation of characters and opportunities.
“I think Shonda Rhimes said it best. She said, ‘I’m not a trailblazer for casting my shows like reality,’. Diversity isn’t brave. It’s not a fad. It’s reality…if you look around the room it’s pretty diverse, and everyone should have a place at the table.
“Those are just facts.”
Flip it over one time to get Nate Parker’s take on things.
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“It’s cultivation. I think diversity is more than a color palette, it’s a celebration of heritage and culture and that’s the one thing that we don’t do so often.”
But like Union, Parker said that there are still bad memories that the U.S. has to overcome. “Before that we have to heal. There are wounds that exist because of the legacy of slavery in this country.”
“We have all the tools to really promote celebrations of different types of people.”
Nate Parker wrote, directed and stars in The Birth Of A Nation, a film about famed slave rebellion leader Nat Turner.
Will you feel a type of way if his film is nominated for an Academy Award next year for yet another “slave flick”?
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