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Gabrielle Union Gets Why People Boycotted 'Birth Of A Nation'

Once critically acclaimed, “Birth of a Nation” flopped in its opening weekend following months of controversy surrounding the college rape accusations tied to director Nate Parker. And star Gabrielle Union understands why people decided against seeing the film, which is based on the true events of an 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. “As a rape survivor and as an advocate, I cannot shy away from this responsibility because the conversation got difficult,” the actress, who was raped at gunpoint at age 19, says in the new issue of Essence.
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