Ben Affleck Lobbies PBS To Have His Slave-Owning Ancestors Censored From A Show About His Genealogy

Other people whose ancestors were probed on Finding Your Roots were revealed to have had slave-owning ancestors.

Only Ben Affleck asked to have this censored.

And the show acceded to his demand.

And speaking of a fascist world in which the left wing, its agents and its favorites, own all means of communications -- the Baltimore City Paper will no longer run a cartoon called "Maakies," because it made an on-the-rag joke, and That's Not Funny.


Posted by: Ace at 03:22 PM




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1 I'm sure some celebrities have ancestors who were murderers, adulterers, war criminals, and who talked at the theater.

Unfortunately, this is news because people are dumb. Everybody's dumb, BTW, not just some people - dumbness is contagious.

Sadly, not the "can't speak" type of dumbness, that's clearly not contagious.

/GRUMPY

/GRUMPY

Hmm, it's not working.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at April 18, 2015 03:26 PM (bLnSU)

2 Affleck is Superman! He can literally change history!

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 18, 2015 03:27 PM (AVEe1)

3 Affleck is Stuporman! He should be history!



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at April 18, 2015 03:29 PM (FQhCd)

4 Hey... Mr. Peabody??? can I borrow your Way Back Machine?

Posted by: Ben AFFFLLEKKKKK at April 18, 2015 03:29 PM (qh617)

5 Nice work, Ben!

Posted by: Uncle Joe Stalin at April 18, 2015 03:30 PM (hNvdN)

6 #Hollywood_Reparations

Posted by: Jeff E at April 18, 2015 03:30 PM (aAmrC)

7 Also, "edgy" only goes one way. So do "disturbing" and "transgressive."

The majority of critical language in academia and media is code for "what *I* want is better than what *you* want."

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at April 18, 2015 03:31 PM (bLnSU)

8 You are all children of slave owners. Not me though, my grandparents came from Europe.

Posted by: Hillary the Horrible at April 18, 2015 03:31 PM (WCnJW)

9 Oh.... and may I make a suggestion for the style guide???

Just as RAAAAAcism MUST have at least 5 A's....

Because Benny is such a .... stellar individual...

May I submit that we write, and pronounce his name... like the Aflek Duck????

Ben AFFFFLLLLEEEEEKKkkk...

Posted by: Ben AFFFLLEKKKKK at April 18, 2015 03:31 PM (qh617)

10 Ka-CHIIIINGGGG!

Posted by: Rev. Al Sharpton at April 18, 2015 03:32 PM (8ZskC)

11
Damn, a nood and I was just about to inquire about Playstation's serial called Powers.

And why are Playstation [sony] and Yahoo making tv serials?!?! Is this a good thing?

Posted by: Soothsayer, Inc. -- The King Unwilling at April 18, 2015 03:33 PM (48or3)

12
This shit is out of hand.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 18, 2015 03:33 PM (Wvadc)

13 You are all children of slave owners. Not me though....
Posted by: Hillary the Horrible


Yeah, you just drink scotch whilst hubby diddles someone else's slaves.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 18, 2015 03:34 PM (AVEe1)

14 The Dark Knight is a silent protector!

Posted by: Der Superman at April 18, 2015 03:34 PM (jT+gh)

15 And why are Playstation [sony] and Yahoo making tv serials?!?! Is this a good thing?

I saw an episode of Yahoo's puerile attempt at TV SF/comedy last night. It was shite. So, short answer, no.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 18, 2015 03:35 PM (AVEe1)

16 "
You are all children of slave owners."


Most family from England. Some from Germany.

Mom researched back as far as Virginia in the early 1850s when her family left after an ancestor killed a sheriff's deputy on his front porch.

Dad never has. All I know is they came from Mississippi poorer than dirt in the late 1800s.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at April 18, 2015 03:36 PM (hNvdN)

17 Slave owning? Did they, perhaps, engage in trading as well?
Time to come clean, Benny.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at April 18, 2015 03:36 PM (UVfht)

18 I can't even look at Uncle Ben's Rice without feeling overwhelming guilt and shame.

Posted by: Batfleck at April 18, 2015 03:36 PM (/JOra)

19
Yeah, I saw that. I thought the eps were kinda amusing.

The girl in Other Space is from the stupid AT&T commercials.

Joel and Crow are funny.

Posted by: Soothsayer, Inc. -- The King Unwilling at April 18, 2015 03:37 PM (48or3)

20 Just like his buddy Matt "Teachers-Should-Make-A-Million-Dollars" Damon HAD to send his kids to private school because "he just couldn't find a public school liberal enough."

Matt Damon, who used to sit in on Toby McGuire's $10,000 buy-in poker games, and Ben Affleck, too leftist even for Bill Maher. Wut a pair.

Posted by: Kate58 at April 18, 2015 03:37 PM (oLZsm)

21 I had slave owners too, Benny. You know what that means?


Nothing.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at April 18, 2015 03:38 PM (xSCb6)

22 Henry Louis Gates acted stupidly.

Posted by: JackStraw at April 18, 2015 03:38 PM (g1DWB)

23 Of course, these dumbasses think there's a gay gene, so they probably think that there's a slave owning one too.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at April 18, 2015 03:38 PM (xSCb6)

24 If you go back far enough everybody has slave owning ancestors. Blacks are not the only race who were slaves. But if all your news and history comes from the MFM you wouldn't know it.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 18, 2015 03:38 PM (wlDny)

25 Ben's sleazy character in Good Will Hunting? Not as difficult an acting role as previously thought.

Posted by: Der Superman at April 18, 2015 03:39 PM (jT+gh)

26 Not only was Affleck too leftist for Bill Maher, he was too stupid. Maher completely pwned Affleck's wretched argument.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 18, 2015 03:39 PM (AVEe1)

27
In that Ken Burns doc there was a young black man whose last name was Jewish. He belonged to the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Confederacy, Sons of the North, and stated that he was the descendant of slave owners. The guy was a historian and he was interested in it. It's been 160 years Affleck shd get the hell over it.

Posted by: Bruce J. at April 18, 2015 03:39 PM (iQIUe)

28 "
If you go back far enough everybody has slave owning ancestors."



Well, now, that's certain to be true.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at April 18, 2015 03:40 PM (hNvdN)

29
Did the Batmobile impress you as a kid?

Did the Batmobile in Batman Begins impress you as much?

Of course it was a superior vehicle. But that's not what I asked. You can't modernize these old-concept superheroes. When you do, they turn into the homo-erotic spaz-fest that is Marvel.

Posted by: Soothsayer, Inc. -- The King Unwilling at April 18, 2015 03:40 PM (48or3)

30 I'll just leave this here, so Buzzion can accuse me of racism.




http://tinyurl.com/q38kgod

Posted by: Nip Sip at April 18, 2015 03:41 PM (0FSuD)

31 I have nothing but pride in the naturalfake family tree full of-

horse-thieves and card-sharps.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 18, 2015 03:41 PM (KUa85)

32 Ignoring the past makes it go away, when you are a f*cking idiot like Affleck.

Posted by: Roy at April 18, 2015 03:41 PM (fWLrt)

33 If you go back far enough everybody has slave owning ancestors

For those of us who are first-generation European, uh... we'd have to go FAR back. Like Dark-Age far back.

I mean, I assume some great^x grandma got a good rapin' by some feudal lord during the Catholic / Protestant dustups 1500-1650, which would make me a descendent of a sort of slave-owner, but...

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 18, 2015 03:41 PM (AVEe1)

34 So, Ben Affleck - denier, or ofay honky?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 18, 2015 03:42 PM (Wvadc)

35 Affhole's shoes were made by slave labor. Let's hack his legs off.

Posted by: Roy at April 18, 2015 03:42 PM (fWLrt)

36 *tosses Merovign a dose of Boosterspice*

Well back to the writing, got sidetracked by last thread into reading Kia Asamiya's take on Batman, his graphic novel Child of Darkness.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at April 18, 2015 03:43 PM (r9H2F)

37 I wuz born a po black chile.........

*dances jerkily*



Jim

Posted by: Jim at April 18, 2015 03:43 PM (FQhCd)

38 "Did the Batmobile in Batman Begins impress you as much?"


Keaton's Batmobile was the most impressive to me. in 1989 it was driving itself, responding to his voice commands, etc. Far out shit.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at April 18, 2015 03:43 PM (hNvdN)

39
I can think of a couple of 'good' reasons why Affleck did this.

One of the more likely reasons is because Affleck wants a political career and something like this will tarnish his profile. And it would.

Posted by: Soothsayer, Inc. -- The King Unwilling at April 18, 2015 03:44 PM (48or3)

40 30 Posted by: Nip Sip at April 18, 2015 03:41 PM (0FSuD)


I hate to bust this guy's bubble but African blacks don't think too highly of American blacks either.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 18, 2015 03:45 PM (wlDny)

41 ***"If you go back far enough everybody has slave owning ancestors."***


And also are descended from slaves.


Reparations for everyone!!

Posted by: Burn the Witch at April 18, 2015 03:45 PM (xSCb6)

42 In that Ken Burns doc there was a young black man...

Are you implying something about his mother and innumerable fathers?

Posted by: Superman too was rejected at April 18, 2015 03:46 PM (jT+gh)

43 I mean, I assume some great^x grandma got a good rapin' by some feudal lord during the Catholic / Protestant dustups 1500-1650, which would make me a descendent of a sort of slave-owner, but...
Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at April 18, 2015 03:41 PM (AVEe1)


*ahem*

They were serfs, not slaves.

There's a difference you know.

Posted by: Lord High Treasurer of Ireland Hugh de Mapilton, Bishop of Ossory at April 18, 2015 03:46 PM (V+kmg)

44
I'll tell you right now: A celebrity will replace Feinstein in the Senate.

Probably clooney or affleck.

Posted by: Soothsayer, Inc. -- The King Unwilling at April 18, 2015 03:46 PM (48or3)

45 Finding out he tried to bury it won't help his political prospects. Just makes him look like another dishonest lefty. BIRM.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at April 18, 2015 03:46 PM (UVfht)

46 "They were serfs, not slaves.
"



Sharecroppers? Indentured servants?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at April 18, 2015 03:47 PM (hNvdN)

47 Henry Louis Gates acted stupidly.
Posted by: JackStraw
----------------

You only say that because you are white and, ipso facto, a racist.*

*Disclaimer: I learned that Latin phrase at Harvard..., however, it being the dead language of dead caucasians it is risky to use.

Posted by: Barky at April 18, 2015 03:48 PM (Wvadc)

48 ***"When you do, they turn into the homo-erotic spaz-fest that is Marvel.


Posted by: Soothsayer, Inc. -- The King Unwilling at April 18, 2015 03:40 PM (48or3)"***

Never once has any sort of homosexual undertone occurred to me while watching any Marvel movie.
Then again, I don't look for that stuff.
Draw your won conclusions.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at April 18, 2015 03:48 PM (xSCb6)

49 Sharecroppers? Indentured servants?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at April 18, 2015 03:47 PM (hNvdN)


*whatever hand wave*

Yes, yes of course. All that.

Posted by: Lord High Treasurer of Ireland Hugh de Mapilton, Bishop of Ossory at April 18, 2015 03:48 PM (V+kmg)

50 Well I am related to one of the Lincoln conspirators.

Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at April 18, 2015 03:48 PM (CxEX+)

51 OMG.

The strutting little fascist's reasoning for canceling the "Maakies" is hilarious-

if not for the rather frightening little strutting fascist bit. still, the guy couldn't be a more cliche pajama-boy if he tried.

But-

best of all are the comics which he gives as examples of double-plus good fun humor.

Lulu Eightball and Dirt Farm

there isn't even a smile among the lot of them-

go ahead and click.

They're hilarious in their poe-faced, hatchet-headed adherence to acceptable PC topics

But humor? Laughs? Chuckles? Smiles?


Yeah, not so much.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 18, 2015 03:48 PM (KUa85)

52
Nobody was supposed to find out. But North Korea obama hacked Sony's email and made sure everyone knows.

(Remember when we were told NK did this? What a load of bullshit).

Posted by: Soothsayer, Inc. -- The King Unwilling at April 18, 2015 03:49 PM (48or3)

53 >>I hate to bust this guy's bubble but African blacks don't think too highly of American blacks either.

Last time I was in South Africa, I had a young black cab driver from the airport to my hotel. This was a part time job for him, he was finishing his Masters in something or the other.

When he found out I was American he spent the rest of the trip ripping Obama and his socialist policies. I couldn't even get a word in edge wise and he never even asked me what I thought of Obama.

Posted by: JackStraw at April 18, 2015 03:49 PM (g1DWB)

54 Finding out he tried to bury it won't help his political prospects. Just makes him look like another dishonest lefty.
----------------

Dishonesty is a resume enhancer, from the perspective of Liberals.

Posted by: Barky at April 18, 2015 03:49 PM (Wvadc)

55 And note where the story was - again, a British paper.

Having grown up and participated in the Cold War, it's especially depressing and infuriating to see how, like East bloc countries for decades, people depended on foreign media to tell them what was going on in their own country.

So I should probably amend my lament - we've not just become Third World in terms of rule of law, racism, and economic illiteracy/dysfunction ..... we've also assumed some Second World features, namely a media that conceals and distorts, not reports and reveals.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 18, 2015 03:49 PM (afQnV)

56 ***"*Disclaimer: I learned that Latin phrase at
Harvard..., however, it being the dead language of dead caucasians it is
risky to use.


Posted by: Barky at April 18, 2015 03:48 PM (Wvadc)"***
Liar. Like most leftists, you learned it from Aaron Sorkin.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at April 18, 2015 03:50 PM (xSCb6)

57
Are you kidding?

Marvel superheroes look like a masquerade party at a gay bar.

Posted by: Soothsayer, Inc. -- The King Unwilling at April 18, 2015 03:50 PM (48or3)

58 Well I am related to one of the Lincoln conspirators.
Posted by: Patrick
-------------

Well then..., your name is Mudd.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 18, 2015 03:51 PM (Wvadc)

59
If I were Ben Aflack, I'd be more worried about folks remembering that I starred in Gigli.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at April 18, 2015 03:51 PM (ynQIy)

60 Must. Mow Grass.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 18, 2015 03:52 PM (Wvadc)

61 Ben Affleck also horrified to discover his genealogy has no evidence that he's related to Matt Damon

Posted by: kbdabear at April 18, 2015 03:52 PM (GrXXa)

62 Sooth
Who is wearing the capes again?

Posted by: typo dynamofo at April 18, 2015 03:53 PM (i7JE3)

63 I want to lobby Merriam Webster to remove "renege" from the dictionary because when spoken it sounds sort of like the "n-word." And I want "gate" removed because you have to say "gay" in order to complete the word and that's offensive.

Posted by: PBJ5959 at April 18, 2015 03:53 PM (r1du+)

64 55 we've also assumed some Second World features, namely a media that conceals and distorts, not reports and reveals.



Posted by: rhomboid at April 18, 2015 03:49 PM (afQnV)

They have been like that since the 30s. Even in colonial America the news was extremely biased but you could always buy a different paper and get the "other" side. Since the 30s all of them take the left side.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 18, 2015 03:53 PM (wlDny)

65 ***"we've also assumed some Second World features, namely a media that conceals and distorts, not reports and reveals."***



It's worse when you consider that the old Eastern Bloc countries' media was at least forced to...

Posted by: Burn the Witch at April 18, 2015 03:53 PM (xSCb6)

66 Ben Affleck is horrified to discover his ancestors owned slaves

Reparations?

He's not THAT horrified

Posted by: kbdabear at April 18, 2015 03:53 PM (GrXXa)

67 Ben Affleck also horrified to discover his genealogy has no evidence that he's related to Matt Damon

Posted by: kbdabear at April 18, 2015 03:52 PM (GrXXa)


Really?

Cuz I heard they shared some DNA.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 18, 2015 03:54 PM (KUa85)

68
There was (an internet) rumor that in the last Batman (which was released prior to Man of Steel) when Batman blew himself up in the Batcopter, a blue streak can be barely seen saving him, implying Superman saved him.

True?

Posted by: Soothsayer, Inc. -- The King Unwilling at April 18, 2015 03:55 PM (48or3)

69 MATT DAMON

Posted by: MATT DAMON at April 18, 2015 03:55 PM (dBmAY)

70 "Cuz I heard they shared some DNA."



Hehehe.



Comedy.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at April 18, 2015 03:55 PM (hNvdN)

71
I dont care that he asked for the edit. The real issue is that they granted it. Also, he's been banned from a number of casinos for cheating at cards but no one brings that up.

Posted by: Bruce J. at April 18, 2015 03:57 PM (iQIUe)

72 Another question is why would PBS be doing a show dedicated to Ben Afflec's genealogy?


Who actually gives a rat's ass about his ancestors?

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 18, 2015 03:57 PM (wlDny)

73 It would have been funny if they had said Ben Affleck was on-the-rag.

Posted by: Harsh person at April 18, 2015 03:58 PM (PGh+Q)

74 >>> when Batman blew himself in the Batcopter

That explains why he doesn't call anymore.

Posted by: Robin at April 18, 2015 03:58 PM (Ua6T/)

75 I had one line in my ancestry that owned slaves. Interesting story about him survives.

He was a general in the Rev War. Got land in OH for his service. So in 1800, at age 58, he voted for Jefferson for pres, freed his slaves and set out for OH.

During that trip he stopped at an inn when the news arrived of Jefferson's win. He and the innkeeper proceeded to get gloriously drunk in celebration.

Looks like I have Moron in my background.

Posted by: Farmer at April 18, 2015 03:59 PM (3hlFs)

76 They should go to Africa and find all the people who's ancestors sold slaves. Then they would find out the alternative was that the slaves would have been killed so no Reparations needed.

Posted by: Harsh person at April 18, 2015 04:01 PM (PGh+Q)

77 Isn't Affleck some kind of drug that makes you have sex with trees?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at April 18, 2015 04:01 PM (W5DcG)

78 In a statement PBS said: "It is clear from the (email) exchange how seriously Professor Gates takes editorial integrity.

Indeed, indeed.

Posted by: toby928(C) whom we shall call 'Toby' for purposes of publication at April 18, 2015 04:03 PM (rwI+c)

79 To be fair card counting isn't cheating.

Posted by: bestie21 at April 18, 2015 04:04 PM (qifmL)

80 I dont care that he asked for the edit. The real issue is that they granted it. Also, he's been banned from a number of casinos for cheating at cards but no one brings that up.

Posted by: Bruce J. at April 18, 2015 03:57 PM (iQIUe)

Kind of makes me sorry that the Mafia was chased out of Vegas

They tend to bring things like that up.

Posted by: kbdabear at April 18, 2015 04:05 PM (GrXXa)

81 If you're of European ancestry, your chances of being a descendant of slaves/serfs is greater than being a descendant of slave owners/Lords.

Posted by: Hank at April 18, 2015 04:07 PM (U/UEh)

82 What is the difference between serfs and slaves?

Posted by: Ignorent at April 18, 2015 04:09 PM (PGh+Q)

83 Kind of makes me sorry that the Mafia was chased out of Vegas



They tend to bring things like that up.



Posted by: kbdabear


The Mafia chased out of Vegas? Really?

It's a lot less obvious than it might once have been, but I would wager they're still in there.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative....lost in America at April 18, 2015 04:12 PM (+1T7c)

84 What is the difference between serfs and slaves?

Serfs were bound to the land - effectively a captive workforce - but had some rights, while slaves were simply property and could be bought and sold as their master wished.

Posted by: Grey Fox at April 18, 2015 04:12 PM (OBj9M)

85 "What is the difference between serfs and slaves?"


Serfs are tied to the landholder via their production for protection. Sort of like sharecroppers without the protection part.

Slaves are outright owned as property.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at April 18, 2015 04:13 PM (hNvdN)

86 Kind of makes me sorry that the Mafia was chased out of Vegas They tend to bring things like [card-cheating] up.

*blinkblinkblink*

Posted by: harry reid at April 18, 2015 04:14 PM (AVEe1)

87 Vic, the educated Blacks in Africa can not stand America Black. His point was the majority of the Blacks in Africa live in poverty we never imagine.


The kill each in tribal warfare that has never ended.


Getting to the USA as a slave should be looked as a ticket out of that poverty.

Posted by: Nip Sip at April 18, 2015 04:15 PM (0FSuD)

88 nood

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 18, 2015 04:16 PM (wlDny)

89 There are different forms of serfdom, slaves being the lowest form.

Posted by: Hank at April 18, 2015 04:27 PM (U/UEh)

90 Serf City, USA

Posted by: JoeF. at April 18, 2015 04:32 PM (8N8Aa)

91 44 I'll tell you right now a celebrity will replace Feinstein. Probably Clooney or Affleck.

The smart money is on the current DA, Kamala Harris, replacing Boxer. No telling who replaces Feinstein.

I'd like to think the voters here will finally come to their senses and vote for someone who isn't a Democrat, but that's a pipe dream.

Posted by: Hank at April 18, 2015 04:36 PM (U/UEh)

92 5% are ethnic minorities -- not because there is any
racism against them, but because very few ever get involved in the
industry. And if any ethnic minority with a vague passing familiarity
with what might be deemed "language skills" shows up, he or she is
offered a plush job in an instant - there are bidding wars for them.



Posted by: zombie at April 18, 2015 05:55 PM


Good post. Try hiring a minority in small market radio where the EEOC requires you must recruit them. Not too many to begin with and those that don't speak Ebonics are hired by the banks. Not too many many minorities want to work in country music. Fcuk the EEOC. And the Rainbow Coalition.

Posted by: olddog in mo at April 18, 2015 06:14 PM (3eZI/)

93 I never liked this Ben Asslick guy.

Posted by: demoncrat at April 18, 2015 06:31 PM (coWD9)

94
I dont care that he asked for the edit. The real issue is that they
granted it. Also, he's been banned from a number of casinos for cheating
at cards but no one brings that up.



Posted by: Bruce J. at April 18, 2015 03:57 PM (iQIUe)




I hate having to defend Ben Affleck BUT he did not "cheat" at cards... he has a good enough memory that he can count cards. Counting cards is not cheating... its math.

Posted by: redbanzai at April 18, 2015 06:33 PM (5DGKy)

95 There is good reason to equate serfs to slaves, especially in the former Russian Empire. Serfs owned no property (not even their clothes), could be separated from their families at a whim, and punished by death. So slaves are owned outright by their masters and serfs are part of the land, which is turned owned by their masters - the lives of slaves and serfs were identical in fact, if not at law. And there were far more serfs in Russia than slaves in the US. Serfs elsewhere, like my ancestors in Poland, had it slightly better, as they could not be killed capriciously without legal repercussions.

Posted by: toyota-san at April 18, 2015 06:39 PM (cWRzJ)

96 Serfs are tied to the landholder via their production for protection. Sort of like sharecroppers without the protection part.

Slaves are outright owned as property.


Posted by: Ricardo Kill at April 18, 2015 04:13 PM (hNvdN)

In Russia, serfs were property that was taxed (called a souls tax).

Gogol wrote a really good novel called "Dead Souls" about the practice of selling dead souls that were on the books and taxable between censuses. The noble selling the dead souls got tax relief and the one buying the dead souls got entirely fictitious property that could then be used to secure loans.

Posted by: redbanzai at April 18, 2015 06:41 PM (5DGKy)

97 Go back far enough, and everyone has ancestors who owned slaves.

Go back far enough, and everyone has ancestors who were slaves.

One of the many ways in which Western civilization has shown itself to be laudable is that we DID AWAY WITH SLAVERY.

Affleck has fallen prey to a logical fallacy which claims that people alive today are culpable for the actions and choices of people in the distant past, simply because they are genetically related.

If my granddaddy was Charles Manson, that doesn't make me ANYTHING. With rare exception, crime exists at the individual level, not the group level, nor the level of the family tree.

Posted by: Lee at April 18, 2015 07:19 PM (0bC+U)

98 I think the one thing we can agree on is that it is in fact awful to expect others to provide you with a lifestyle when they basically do all the work.

Posted by: Horatius at April 18, 2015 09:02 PM (UKhBB)

99 Lee #97 is 100% right. We don't get to choose our family or our ancestors. The Bible is very clear that the sins of our fathers are not to be passed along. Affleck may be a brain-dead limousine liberal, but he should not be held responsible.
The real issues are: PBS did a liberal a favor that it would never have granted a conservative; Skip Gates is a creep for asking for the favor instead of telling Affleck that he has no responsibility for the acts of his ancestors - but to do that would go against the claim for reparations and the whole White Guilt narrative. The other important point is that once again, the British press printed another story that embarrassed American liberals, like the DiCaprio story, while the American press is too busy chasing the Scooby-Doo Van.

Posted by: Darwin Akbar at April 18, 2015 09:20 PM (9QUPT)

100 "Emily Flake's Lulu Eightball and Ben Claassen's Dirt Farm, are plenty transgressive, but they're also genuinely smart and funny"

Translation: they don't step off the SJW plantation. Maakies author is right: millenials are babies, and they are also neutered. Henny Youngman's "take my wife, please" would now be considered "hate speech". Who cares, cp is a non-essential nonentity in the world, but it is a good pointer to how the Greatest Generation has led to the Grating Generation.

The sanctimony and smug self-satisfaction of the above article is kind of hilarious, really. The author is totally oblivious to the fact that far from being some sort of enlightened sword of social justice, rejecting the old order and asserting his independence like a teen ager who declares he is an adult now and will wear his batcape wherever he deems fit, he is the symbol of the bullying, censorious drones of groupthink, and anyone guilty of thought-crimes against the herd will be silenced and ostracized. Any actual diversity of thought must be weeded out.

Posted by: docweasel at April 19, 2015 09:23 AM (0r/VP)

101 They also cut out the part where Affleck was related to John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy.

Posted by: airandee at April 19, 2015 11:22 AM (rnGGY)

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Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
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