Earlier today it was announced that Morgan Freeman has signed on to play Nelson Mandela in an upcoming film, "The Human Factor."
He also will play Duke Ellington in another future film.
How is it possible that a man who doesn't support Black History Month gets to play all the key Black roles?
Freeman was quoted two years ago saying, "You're going to relegate my history to a month?"
The actor says he believes the labels "Black" and "White" are an obstacle to beating racism. "I am going to stop calling you a White man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a Black man," Freeman says.
With all due respect, while unity may be your goal the approach is just plain crazy - just like Joe Clark! The question is could Freeman REALLY play Mandela if he believes Black history is American history?
Our users are divided on whether or not I have a valid point.
"I totally agree w/ Morgan Freeman playing this important role…you are out of line to think that he doesn’t deserve because he doesn’t celebrate Black History Month, I’m an African-Caribbean-American and I don’t support it either."
while Drummergirls says:
"All y’all trippin.’ I totally agree with the writer. Freeman’s a hypocrite. If Black History Month isn’t important to him, stop playing all the BLACK roles. He doesn’t like labels, right? And stop hatin’ on Black History Month. No one’s saying you can’t celebrate all year long. But February is a nationally designated time. Kinda like your birthday, right? Sure, you should be treated special all year long, but you get a day for cake, balloons all that other bullshigity."
Bump Freeman. Don Cheadle for Mandela!!!!!
The drama continues . . .