New face of the BATMAN movie franchise, Actor BEN AFFLECK persuaded the producers of PBS Documentary Series, FINDING YOU ROOTS, to edit out details of how his ancestors were slave owners even though it was a breach of PBS editorial rules!!!
Actor/Director/Producer/Philanthropist BEN AFFLECK, who supports a number of liberal causes, objected to the ancestry TV show airing how his distant relations were racist, leaked Sony emails reveal. Instead viewers were shown heartwarming stories of how his third grandfather was a mystic in the Civil War and how his sixth grandfather was a patriot who fought in the American Revolution.
DAILY MAIL ONLINE has reviewed a transcript of the show and watched the video and there is no mention of slavery in the part featuring Affleck.
The SONY emails show that the makers of Finding Your Roots, including Emmy Award-winning host and HARVARD UNIVERSITY Professor HENRY LOUIS GATES Jr., engaged in a deliberate cover-up despite knowing that it was a ‘violation’ of PBS rules, as Gates puts it.
SONY Chief Executive MICHAEL LYNTON said;
"I would take it out if no one knows."Dr. HENRY LOUIS GATES warns;
"Once we open the door to censorship, we lose control of the brand."
The emails raise serious questions over the integrity of Finding Your Roots, the publicly-subsidized broadcaster PBS, and subsequently, Dr. Gates - Director of the HUTCHINS CENTER For AFRICAN And AFRICN AMERICAN RESEARCH At HARVARD.
They also call into question the motives of Affleck who is a strong supporter of liberal causes including gay marriage and the anti-hunger campaign ‘Feeding America’. His Eastern Congo initiative advocates for better investment in the African nation and in an interview with Bill Maher he attacked the host for his views on Islam and called him a ‘racist’.
Daily Mail Online has reached out to representatives for Affleck, Gates, and PBS for comment. Sony declined to comment. Affleck’s request was revealed in leaked Sony emails between Mr Gates and My Lynton that were published by WikiLeaks.