"I'll say this, I think that they are more things than the law", Parker said. But the narrative behind the release of The Birth of a Nation has changed in the past few weeks, as the film that was primed to be the next breakthrough movie out of Sundance has been overshadowed by the director/writer/star's past.
The 36-year-old The Birth of a Nation star and director was accused of rape back in 1999 and he was acquitted of the charges.
"Back then, it felt like: at 19, if a woman said 'no, ' no meant no", he said. "Consent is all about - for me, back then - if you can get a girl to say 'yes, ' you win". "I have not yet seen the movie, and now I won't", she wrote.
After the victim's suicide came to light, Parker added on Facebook, "I can not - nor do I want to ignore the pain she endured during and following our trial".
Ebony senior digital editor Britni Danielle, who interviewed Parker, tweeted that her primary goal in the interview was to get him to elaborate on how he sees consent now compared to when he was 19 years old.
That line of thinking is evidenced in court documents from the case - in transcripts of a phone call recorded without Parker's knowledge, which is illegal, he tells the victim she never " anything or said anything to assure that you didn't want to do what you were doing".
Parker also added that he's talked to his daughter, who's in college, about rape culture, consent, and being careful of her surroundings.
In the letter published Thursday, the four alumni alleged that witnesses were intimidated by investigators trying to build a case for the prosecution and discounted allegations that Parker and Celestin had harassed the accuser, as was alleged in a civil case against the university. In 2012, she committed suicide. "But I'm thinking about them now". As a woman, I am torn.
I think that's a tough question, because the 2016 lens, even now in a relation I feel like I'm way more attentive and curious as to what my wife wants, if she feels like it, her body language.
"People may say that, 'Oh, now is good timing.' I don't know what to say to them except I'm trying", Parker said. It's the same thing with white supremacy. You don't think about other people. I have never run from this period in my life and I never ever will.
Cultural critic and author Roxane Gay penned a particularly powerful response in an editorial for the New York Times earlier this month about the limits of empathy and why she refuses to support the film. "I guess we can use it as a beach set now". In my Facebook feed, I've seen people - some of whom have are victims of sexual assault - say that justice was not served and they will not support the film because they can not support Parker (or Celestin, who receives a credit on the film). "I'm sorry for all the women who are survivors who felt hurt by my words because they were insensitive and they were nonchalant".
Parker spoke about understanding his male privilege and the definition of consent in a lengthy interview Friday with Ebony magazine in Los Angeles.