The names “Black History Month” and “African American” were criticized by Morgan Freeman on Saturday, who said that both titles were a “insult.”
The February-based yearly celebration, which honors black people’s cultural achievements, has a negative connotation for the 85-year-old actor, who claimed that it “relegates” his culture to only 4 weeks.
“Two things I can say publicly that I do not like,” said the “Million Dollar Baby” star. “Black History Month is an insult. You’re going to relegate my history to a month?”
“Also ‘African-American’ is an insult. I don’t subscribe to that title,” continued Freeman. “Black people have had different titles all the way back to the n-word and I do not know how these things get such a grip, but everyone uses ‘African-American.’ What does it really mean?”
Freeman’s sentiments was condemned by several:
“For a man who played Nelson Mandela — who knew better than anyone the impact and importance of isolation on a country and its success on the ground to change that nation’s policy,” tweeted one angry fan. “It is so disappointing to see #MorganFreeman take the money and support an oppressive regime.”
“Morgan Freeman is really determined to go to the deepest level of hell huh,” tweeted another person.
“Qatar out there with Morgan Freeman spitting words like unity/inclusion in an effort to promote tourism, and then not practicing it,” chimed in a commenter. “For all the ‘their country their rules’ crowd out there, sure. But then they don’t get to lie bout what they’re really about just for a cash grab.”
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