More Trouble for PBS: Affleck’s Mother Says She Was Never a Freedom Rider

After a mob attacked a bus with protesters in Alabama in 1961, hundreds more joined the cause. (Bettmann / Corbis). Source.

PBS documentary Finding Your Roots, already under internal review over claims it censored information about Ben Affleck’s slave-owning ancestors out of a recent episode, has again come under fire for inaccuracies after Affleck’s mother denied she was ever involved in the 1964 Freedom Summer.

In Affleck’s segment on the ancestry-themed documentary program, host Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells the actor that his mother, Chris Boldt, was an activist involved in Freedom Summer, the historic voter-registration drive among Mississippi’s African-American community in 1964.

Promotional materials for Affleck’s episode on the PBS website included the line: “Ben Affleck’s mother was a Freedom Rider in 1964.”

“A lynch mob made up of members of the Klan and the local sheriff’s department pulled over three of Ben’s mom’s fellow activists,” Gates tells Affleck on the program. “This is not some abstract threat. The Klan actually murdered these three Freedom Riders. And your mother was there at that time.”

Chris Affleck, now 72, told the Daily Mail this week that her “heart was with” the Freedom Riders, but that she was never a member of the group. According to the outlet, Mrs. Affleck was not even in the South in 1964, but one year later instead…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    It seems that Ben Affleck’s family tree should have included more mental healthcare workers.

    • ntt1

      at the very least some acting teachers.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I have yet to work up the courage to sit through this one.
        Has anyone here experienced the “magic” that is “Gigli” (the film that even spellcheck hates)?

        • ntt1

          I have. It was a perfect storm of wooden acting and progressive virtue. J-low is as pneumatic as Affleck is wooden. This movie might have some value for getting rid of unwanted house guests or even pest control.

  • ntt1

    facts don’t matter to the progressive media its all about gut feelings and the over arching narrative. in fact her disappointing rebuttal of the narrative places her on the hater side of the aisle

  • Dana Garcia

    Oopsie, better get those family stories straight before telling them on tv.

    Although it worked out well for Elizabeth Warren, the fabulist Cherokee.

    • Frau Katze

      It did. No one seems to care about it.

      • Dana Garcia

        At least we got some amusing fauxtoshops out of it.

        • Frau Katze

          If she’d been a Republican, the MSM would been all over it.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Not only that, but the left are on her as a Hillary replacement, assuming that their first choice gal can’t make it across the finish line, due to her numerous scandals both past and present, or as Hilary’s running mate.
            Yeah, we are that screwed!

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  • Doug Kursk

    Fake but accurate!

  • Martin B

    Is anyone surprised that Batfleck would edit out any parts of his family history that didn’t flatter his bloated ego (like the distant ancestor who owned slaves) and exaggerate any stories (Mom was a Freedom Rider!) that feed his need for moral superiority over the rest of us?

  • Frau Katze

    He’s really got the story screwed up. The Freedom Riders were in 1961. 1964 was the Freedom Summer. Registering blacks to vote. There was violence of course in ’64 but it was worst in ’61.

  • Hard Little Machine

    By next week he’ll claim he was Martin Luther King.

  • Everyone Else

    These people never admit the real truth. What Ben doesn’t like to admit is that his grandfather was a “wealthy sheriff” because (1) he doesn’t want to admit he was successful because of family connections and money and didn’t make it on his own, and (2) he comes from the law-enforcer ruling elite, not just old money.

  • edlancey

    So his lefty mom has spent the last 50 years lying about being a freedom-rider and now she gets caught out so has to ‘fess up. Hi-fuckin’-larious.

  • David Murrell

    Did a lot of new-channel surfing yesterday (Saturday April 25), and there is no mention of thie Ben Affleck lie being exposed. The media cartel are censoring this story.