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‘Birth of a Nation’ Poster Altered to Read “Rapist?”

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Nate Parker’s provocative poster for his film The Birth of a Nation has been transformed by a prolific street artist into a rape allegation against the writer-director-star, and the Photoshopped artwork was posted in several locations around West Los Angeles as of early Wednesday morning.

The original poster shows Parker’s Nat Turner, the slave revolt leader he plays in the film, with a noose around his neck, made from an American flag.

The Photoshopped version of the poster, created overnight by conservative street artist Sabo, features the same image, though the title of the film has been replaced by Parker’s name with “Rapist?” underneath it.

The artwork comes as a 1999 sexual assault case, in which Parker was acquitted but co-writer Jean Celestin was convicted and then had his case overturned on appeal, has resurfaced. Parker and Celestin were charged with raping a young woman in 1999 when all three were students at Pennsylvania State University. It also was recently discovered that the accuser dropped out of college, attempted suicide multiple times and died four years ago at age 30. – READ MORE

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