Fox Searchlight Promotes 'Birth of a Nation' With Puzzling Presidential Debate Photoshop

The Birth of a Nation Still 6 - H 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

The Birth of a Nation Still 6 - H 2016

The film is slated for wide release Oct. 7.

Fox Searchlight tied Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation to the presidential election with a new (and puzzling) Photoshopped image shared Wednesday from the studio's social media account. 

Around 10:30 a.m., the Fox Searchlight account, which has more than 677,000 followers, shared a post stating "Hil and Don know what's up" along with a picture from the first presidential debate with words from that background highlighted to read: "The Birth of a Nation in Theaters October Seventh." 

The image is a play on the script font shown behind Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the first debate. A request for comment from Fox Searchlight was not immediately returned. 

The period drama, based on the story of Nat Turner, was purchased by Fox Searchlight during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won multiple awards. 

The film, slated for wide release Oct. 7, has also been surrounded in controversy after the resurfacing of 1999 rape charges against Parker and co-writer Jean Celestin. Parker was acquitted. Celestin's conviction was overturned.