Ben Affleck decided, perhaps in the same manner Rachel Dolezal did, that he was not entirely enamored of his distant family legacy since it rebutted the liberal niceties and socially conscious values of his current frame. So what did he do? He attempted, weakly and desperately, to “clean up” that historical narrative in his history, the one having to do with the fact his ancestors owned slaves.
Who would ever think that an American might, a few generations back, be related to people who dabbled in the slave trade?
This dark blot on our collective inheritance must be purged from the modern discourse! If memory is wiped clean, it didn’t happen, right?
So Affleck, the good fledgling SJW that he is, told PBS that he wanted the ancestral mark removed from his story that was produced as part of the “Finding Your Roots” series that aired in 2014, and worse, they complied.
PBS launched its investigation after it was reported that Affleck requested the program not reveal his ancestor’s slave-holding history in the 2014 episode. The Associated Press examined historical documents and found that Affleck’s great-great-great-grandfather owned 24 slaves.
The review found that co-producers violated PBS standards by allowing improper influence on the show’s editorial process and failed to inform PBS or producing station WNET of Affleck’s efforts to affect the program’s content.
In a statement, series host and executive producer Henry Louis Gates Jr. apologized for forcing PBS to defend the integrity of its programming. He said he’s working with public TV on new guidelines to ensure increased transparency.
Affleck’s request came to light last spring in hacked Sony emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks.
“These reports marked the first time that either PBS or WNET learned of this request,” PBS said Wednesday.
PBS said it will withdraw the episode from all forms of distribution including on-air, digital platforms and home video. The show was also ordered to hire an additional researcher and an independent genealogist to review programs for factual accuracy.
Last year’s Sony hack is the gift that keeps on giving. It has proven to blow out the rug from so much of the hypocrisy and surreptitious politicizing that surrounds liberal Hollywood (and pop culture, by extension).
Ben Affleck was caught, “black-handed,” rewriting history and perhaps PBS is symbolically retreating, but we can’t ignore the fact that the Cult of SJW has embarked on a radical Orwellian purge of history.
Let’s hope for more Sony-style hacks in order to keep the transparency alive. Black hat is our only chance at transparency when the masters of culture are part of the problem.