‘Finding Your Roots’ Suspended Over Censorship Of Ben Affleck’s Slave-Owning Ancestors

Gates and PBS said in April they didn’t censor the slave-owner details. Instead, more interesting ancestors of Affleck emerged and Gates chose to highlight them instead in the show that traces the ancestry of well-known guests.

But in an email exchange between Gates and Sony Pictures chief executive Michael Lynton, Gates asks Lynton for advice on how to handle Affleck’s request.

“Here’s my dilemma,” says Gates in one email, dated July 22, 2014, “confidentially, 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. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including (documentary filmmaker) Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?”

Lynton replied that it all depends on who knows that the information was in the documentary already.

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  • Liberal Hypocrites. Contemptible liars.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I don’t know how Ben Affleck could be embarrassed about anything after Gigli.

  • Liberalism is a collective social pathology.

    “Lynton replied that it all depends on who knows that the information was in the documentary already”, say it all.

  • Affleck should pay reparations for his family’s debt to black society. Or he is just another liberal hypocrite.

  • tom_billesley

    Slave owning ancestors won’t figure too prominently in panegyrics for Obummer and Moochelle.