What a friend we have in Gabrielle Union.
While Nate Parker continues to question why his 17-year-old rape accusation is still a thing, Gabrielle has spoken out in support of rape survivors and victims who’ve chosen to boycott The Birth of a Nation.
In a new cover story for Essence magazine, Gabrielle wrote a letter that backs up her previous stance of not being able to take Parker’s rape allegations lightly. She stated:
“As a rape survivor and as an advocate, I cannot shy away from this responsibility because the conversation got difficult. I don’t want to put myself above anyone’s pain or triggers. Every victim or survivor, I believe you. I support you. I support you if you don’t want to see the film. I absolutely understand and respect that. I can’t sell the film.
“The sole reason I took the movie was so I could talk about how sexual violence has historically been used as a weapon of mass destruction,” she went on to explain. “Used against women and families since the dawn of time, and how we are still faced with this, the voicelessness, the powerlessness.”
Gabrielle has certainly used her platform well — far better than the film’s director, producer, and lead we might add — and we’re happy to know that she’s not alone in doing so. The actress told Essence the movie’s entire female cast is united on this point regarding the film: “We are okay if you have to sit this one out, and we’re okay if you don’t.”
Another tough subject Gabby tackled in her cover story was police brutality and the real fear she has as step-mother to pre-teen black boys alongside husband Dwyane Wade.
“Until they walk through the door, I’m terrified,” she said. “Sometimes I just want to stay off my timeline, because it makes those waits until they walk through the door a thousand times worse. One of my biggest fears is them being a hashtag on some bulls—t.”