Ben Affleck Admits That He Was Embarrassed Of Slave-Owning Ancestors
Last week, we posted a story about a Sony email leak which revealed that Ben Affleck asked the producers of Henry Louis Gates’ docu-series “Finding Your Roots” to edit out footage depicting Ben’s ancestors as slave owners.
Looks like he’s decided to address the antebellum elephant in the room…
Ben Affleck broke his silence over lobbying a PBS show, “Finding Your Roots,” to omit details that his ancestors owned slaves.
“I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed,” the star posted Tuesday via Facebook. “The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.”
He said he “lobbied” show host Henry Louis Gates Jr. to keep out the information “the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process . . . It’s important to remember that this isn’t a news program” but rather “a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable.”
He added, “I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story.”
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