When approached by TMZ at an airport, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs insisted that it is important for people to judge the film for themselves. "With the issue of the movie, the important thing is for people to see it, and enjoy the film, be impressed by the film," Isaacs said. "I think that is what is very important. People need to see this movie."
There's something about the title The Birth of a Nation that invites trouble. The Nate Parker controversy is a tough one to judge. A traditional standard, applied to white male artists, is to separate the person from the work. Why wouldn't we apply the same standard to Parker? Besides, the case against Parker seems a lot weaker than the one against Roman Polanski, and no one boycotts Polanski's movies.