Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ben Affleck embarrassed by the slave past of his ancestor – Here

Advocate for liberal causes, Ben Affleck is particularly the cofounder of the NGO Eastern Congo Initiative. According to The Guardian, the actor made a very specific request to the authors of a documentary that was dedicated to him, Find your roots , produced by PBS. As they retraced the origins of the actor, they found that one of his ancestors had been slaves, according to an email released by WikiLeaks. The message appears with other documents became available in 2014 when Wikileaks Sony Pictures hacked. At that time, a lot of embarrassing information had then been revealed.
It was during an exchange of email between Michael Lynton , CEO of Sony, and Professor at Harvard, Henry Louis Gates , the information is swiped. “Here’s my dilemma, writing the Executive Director . A confidential basis for the first time, one of our guests asked to delete something about one of his ancestors, the fact that he owned slaves. (…) No one has ever attempted to censor what we found. It’s a megastar, what should we do? “
The PBS program ultimately not mention this famous ancestor. In a statement, the chain said Henry Louis Gates ‘and directors’ have a “independent editorial decision to retain the most interesting narrative” .


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