Roland Martin was trending on Twitter last night for all the wrong reasons.
The NewsOne host got dragged to hell on social media after he posted an article blaming the flop of Nate Parker's The Birth Of a Nation at the box office flop on 'the unrepentant pettiness of Black feminists.'
As expected, Black women and many others took Martin to task for sharing the incendiary article, only leading him to shift his focus to Black women who allegedly boycotted the controversial film. Martin tweeted this, "My position is clear: Don't like #BirthOfANation because of Nate's rape allegations? Fine. Don't make it about a white wife. @LukeCage too." All in all, it was a mess.
Here's a sampling of how some folks feel:
Roland Martin is "citing" 1 post on Medium by a woman w/ 1400 followers WHO ADMITS SHE ONLY KNOWS black feminism as a SOCIAL MEDIA THING— A Real Black Woman (@MsDannah) October 12, 2016
Sometimes I hope people are trolling for entertainment. Roland Martin cannot think this way. pic.twitter.com/5ZRlqyFG0g— Regi (@MagicCityRegi) October 12, 2016
Roland Martin is lying. And even worse, he's attempting to gaslight Black women.— Lauren Chanel Allen (@MichelleHux) October 12, 2016
We're not stupid. We see your disgusting tactics.
I see Roland Martin's day of #wreckoning has come...— Henry David Thoro (@MeWeFree) October 12, 2016
At some point, Martin pivoted his argument and said The Birth of a Nation wasn't a flop, and outlets saying so are involved in some kind of conspiracy against Black cinema. So, to recap, the film was a success — but if it flopped, you can blame Black women.
Hope he stretched before reaching so hard.
Watch Nate Parker defend his past, and his film, with BET Breaks, above.
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