Selective Sexual Assault Fall-out In Hollywood: Understanding What Separates Casey Affleck and Nate Parker

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Hollywood has a long and unfortunate tradition of excusing bad behavior, but it seems like the same rules don't apply to everyone. Recently, Hollywood up-and-comer Nate Parker saw his initially lauded film The Birth of a Nation, panned, its box office take reduced, and his award opportunities evaporate due to rape and intimidation charges he stood trial for in college. Similar accusations against Tinsel Town semi-insider Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea), however, haven't stopped his hail of nominations going into awards season; in fact, on Sunday night, Affleck won the Golden Globe for best actor in a leading role in a drama. Why has one rising star fared better than the other?