Ben Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor ‘censored’ from genealogy show

Ben Affleck asked that a slave owning ancestor not be included when he appeared on a genealogy programme in the United States, according to leaked Sony emails. .

The star of upcoming movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice explored his family history on Finding Your Roots, which is broadcast by PBS.

According to the emails he was one of a number of high-profile guests who turned out to have slave owning forebears, but the only one to want it edited out.

Affleck was not named in the email exchange between the show’s host Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr and top Sony executive Michael Lynton in July last year. He was referred to as Batman and a “megastar”.

Professor Gates wrote: “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.

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