Ben Affleck Requested His Slave Owner Ancestor Be Censored From PBS’ ‘Finding Your Roots’

affleck Hacked Sony emails reveal that actor-director Ben Affleck requested that his slave owner ancestor be removed from his family tree on PBS program Finding Your Roots.

In a series of WikiLeaks emails, the genealogy program’s host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. emailed Sony chief Michael Lynton asking “advice” on the actor’s request, according to New York Daily News.

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“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,” Gates emailed Lynton in the July 22, 2014 email chain.

Gates defended the decision to edit out Affleck’s ancestor in a statement posted Friday on the PBS website.

The mission of “Finding Your Roots” is to find and share interesting stories from our celebrity guests ancestries and use those stories to unlock new ways to learn about our past. We are very grateful to all of our guests for allowing us into their personal lives and have told hundreds of stories in this series including many about slave ancestors never shying away from chapters of a family’s past that might be unpleasant. Ultimately, I maintain editorial control on all of my projects and, with my producers, decide what will make for the most compelling program. In the case of Mr. Affleck we focused on what we felt were the most interesting aspects of his ancestry including a Revolutionary War ancestor, a 3rd great grandfather who was an occult enthusiast, and his mother who marched for Civil Rights during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

PBS also issued a statement supporting Gates’ decision:

It is clear from the exchange how seriously Professor Gates takes editorial integrity. He has told us that after reviewing approximately ten hours of footage for the episode, he and his producers made an independent editorial judgment to choose the most compelling narrative. The range and depth of the stories on Finding Your Roots speak for themselves.

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17 responses to “Ben Affleck Requested His Slave Owner Ancestor Be Censored From PBS’ ‘Finding Your Roots’

  1. “It is clear…how seriously Professor Gates takes editorial integrity.”

    HA HA HA HA!

    Lies of omission are still lies. Ben Affleck, the insufferable Henry Louis Gates with his permanent facial expression of a constipated smirk, and PBS are not just hypocrites, they are liars.


  2. I guess this proves exactly what ethics Gates has had all along and the muslim loving Affleck, the hopeless actor.
    Shame on PBS for allowing this. Their creditibility just took a hit.

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  3. Kevin J Lankford

    And ain’t that the point? Its all for show any how.


  4. Sugar coat everything and only tell those things that you wish people to hear. Oh how wonderful life would be if we could just take the good without the bad, or would it?


  5. Mark Levin has described PBS correctly… the Pubic Broadcasting System. I encourage ALL who are unfamiliar with Mr. Levin or his Landmark Legal Foundation, to check him out.

    He is a great American.


  6. What a perfect opportunity for Ben to put his money where his liberal mouth is by offering up half of his estate as reparations for the actions of his ancestors!!! Unless, of course, he’s a hypocrite.

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  7. PBS is about as informative and true as the Cartoon Network. Affleck is ridiculous, like most people living in LaLa Land.


  8. Why not delete Ben Afflick’s slave owning ancestor from the record? The entire history of White slavery in Colonial America has also been erased from the record so what’s the big deal over this? Millions of Irish, Scottish and Welsh slaves in Colonial America have been expunged from the historical record so granting Ben Afflick’s request shouldn’t matter anyhow.


    • Par, you are so right. When you erase history for the sake of being politically correct, you lose some of the true facts of the history of our nation. Most people today believe that all blacks were slaves and that all whites were slave owners. Nothing could be further from the truth. Alexander McGillivray, Chief of the Creek Nation, was a very wealthy plantation and slave owner. 28 percent of all free blacks in the South were slave owners. William Johnson, one of the wealthiest men in Natchez, Mississippi was a black slave owner. Most Europeans who came to Colonial America came as indentured servants, a form of servitude. They were sometimes subjected to cruel masters and were considered chattel, who could be bought and sold.

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  9. Hmmmm….. “Affleck” ….. “Asshole”…. both start with “A” and have the same number of letters. Coincidence? I think not….
    Question: Is Henry Louis Gates the university prof who caused the ‘beer summit’ with his complaints against the police?


  10. I got over Ben Afflicted a very long time ago.



    • I gather from the news that ben affleck is a movie star or supposedly a movie star. Everytime I hear his name I think of that commercial that has a talking duck! I am sure that is the way he wants people to remember him???

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  11. I love it….. a duck, with Gilbert Gottfried’s voice, going around saying….
    “Affleck!”…. and squirting a load every time he says it.
    Hey…. Don’t step in the ‘affleck’!
    Remember…. being a ‘movie star’ does not mean you’re an ‘actor’, or have talent for anything. It also does not confer intelligence.
    But, quite often it does mean you’re an arrogant, narcissistic asshole.
    Watch out…. don’t step in the affleck.

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