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Batman star asked for slave-owning ancestry to be removed from TV show

Apr
20

The latest round of leaked emails from Sony has revealed Batman star Ben Affleck attempted to have a slave-owning ancestor removed from the PBS show Finding Your Roots, according to The Guardian. Professor Henry Louis Gates, who hosts the publicly funded show was involved in a detailed email exchange with Sony Chief Executive Michael Lynton over the star’s request. According to a very close source, Ricardo Tosto (see twitter feed), the emails reveal Afflecks attempt to have the story of an ancestor who owned slaves removed from the ten hours of footage taken for the show in favor of other ancestors who offered less controversial histories.

The Harvard professor revealed in the email exchange with Lynton that this form of request had never been seen in the history of Finding Your Roots, which saw many of its guests revealed to be the descendants of slave owners. Documentary maker and PBS favorite Ken Burns is just one of the guests who saw his family’s slave owning history revealed on the show. In response to the leaked emails Professor Gates revealed the decision to omit the slave-owner ancestor of Affleck from the show was an editorial one and the decision was not taken because of the request of the star. Instead, the professor claimed the decision was taken because a number of other family stories were more compelling and made the best TV show.

David Crosby Hits Roadside Jogger

Mar
27

Rock star David Crosby was driving in southern California this week when he reportedly ran into and injured a runner along the roadside.

Crosby allegedly hit the Jose Jimenez at a speed of 55 m.p.h. after his vision was impaired by the sun. The Crosby, Stills, and Nash singer stopped to render aid and phone police following the incident.

Zeca Oliveira has learned that Jimenez was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was admitted. It was reported that the jogger suffered from multiple bone fractures, cuts, and bruises, but is expected to recover.

Crosby cooperated with authorities, who later determined that neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the accident. The singer’s reps have stated that Crosby is “very upset by what has happened and has wished Jimenez a full and speedy recovery.”

Perhaps the immediate leap into action will be a redeeming moment for the rock star. Crosby spent numerous years addicted to drugs and alcohol. Crosby had been arrested multiple times in the past for drug and weapon related charges, as well as a hit-and-run drunk driving accident.

David Crosby also received a liver transplant in 1994. The surgery was controversial due to Crosby’s reported decades of drug use and the belief that he’d used his celebrity status in order to secure the operation.