Here’s some facts folks. If you’re one of those proud Americans who brags how far their family goes back in U.S. history, then chances are slavery is part of that past too. Either you had memebers of your family who owned slaves or you were part of the group who were slaves.
of course there were those who were neither, but that’s a small group. Before agreeing to take part in the PBS show, Finding Your Roots, Ben Affleck never thought what side his family could fall under. Now that he knows, he doesn’t want anyone else to know either.
This weekend, leaked emails revealed that Ben Affleck successfully pressured the makers of PBS documentary series Finding Your Roots to suppress his family’s slave-owning past, an apparent violation of the broadcaster’s rules. Today, Affleck posted on Facebook to explain (but not apologize for) his actions, writing, “I was embarrassed.”
“I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves,” wrote Affleck on Tuesday. “The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.”
Ultimately, Affleck expressed regret over his desire to conceal the information while defending the censorship request itself. Comparing it to an actor lobbying a director over what takes to use in a film, the Gone Girl star characterized his demand as part of “the collaborative creative process.”
“It’s important to remember that this isn’t a news program,” wrote Affleck.
The actor concluded his post by saying he was glad his story could contribute to the discussion of slavery’s terrible legacy, writing, “While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.”
I can imagine he’d be embarrassed. Affleck is pretty Liberal. You can read Affleck’s full statement here.