Ben Affleck Made PBS Cover Up That His Ancestors Owned Slaves

“I’m sorry. We did a movie called what now?”
Daredevil. Your wife was in it, too. And so was Jon Favreau and Colin Farrell…”
“Huh, doesn’t ring a bell. Could you excuse me? *calls PBS* You said she wouldn’t remember!”

So Ben Affleck – and more damagingly – PBS are in some shit right now after a new dump of hacked Sony emails show that Affleck asked producers of Finding Your Roots to suppress information that showed his ancestors used to own slaves. Which really wouldn’t have been a big deal – at all – considering Ben Affleck is white and lives in America, but now it’s a huge fucking deal thanks to Batman pulling a diva move, and PBS caving after leaving a paper trail. Via Gawker:

The censorship – an apparent violation of PBS rules – is revealed in a July 2014 email thread between Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton and Finding Your Roots host Henry Louis Gates Jr. In it, the two discuss the unusual request of an unnamed “megastar” later referred to as “Batman.”
“[C]onfidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves,” Gates writes to Lynton. “We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?”
In his reply, Lynton recommends removing the material as long as “no one [else] knows,” before writing “all things being equal I would definitely take it out.”
Eventually, Gates acknowledges that fulfilling the request “would be a violation of PBS rules, actually, even for Batman” and “would embarrass him and compromise our integrity,” concluding, “Once we open the door to censorship, we lose control of the brand.”
Nonetheless, the episode aired without the information.

Amazingly, both PBS and Henry Louis Gates issued statements patting themselves on the back for their editorial integrity by claiming that they removed the information not because Ben Affleck asked them to, but as an “independent editorial judgment to choose the most compelling narrative” that just happened to be exactly what he wanted. As for why the hell Ben Affleck would try and hide something like this when celebrities are constantly going on these shows and finding out the exact same information – For example: Bill Paxton, just last night. – makes no fucking sense. It’s not like Ben Affleck physically traveled back in time, put a whip in his ancestor’s hand and said, “Tell me, Rutherford P. Affleckingsworth, have you ever thought about owning black people?” — Or did he?! (I’m kidding. Please don’t sue me. I’m very poor.)

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