“You’re going to demote my history to a month?!” Morgan Freeman calls Black History Month and ‘African American’ term an ‘insult’
Morgan Freeman has labeled Black History Month an “insult,” along with the term “African American.”
The actor, 85, insisted that the annual event – held every February and observing the cultural achievements of black people – has negative connotations for him because it “relegates” his entire heritage to a single four-week streak.
He told The Sunday times: “Two things I can say publicly that I don’t like: Black History Month is an insult. Are you going to demote my history to a month?’
The Bruce Almighty star questioned the true definition of “African American,” which has been used to describe Black Americans since the 18th century.
He added, “Also, “African American” is an insult. I do not endorse that title. Black people have had different titles all the way back to the n-word and I don’t know how these things are getting such a hold but everyone is using “African American”.
“You’re going to demote my history to a month?!” Morgan Freeman has labeled Black History Month an “insult” along with the term “African American” (pictured in 2019)
‘What does it actually mean? Most black people in this part of the world are bastards. And you say Africa like it’s a country when it’s a continent like Europe.’
Last year Morgan was labeled a ‘sold out’ with ‘blood on his hands’ after accepting Qatari money to officiate the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup.
His surprise appearance in Doha came 12 years after he twisted his sights trying to help the US’ bid to host the 2022 tournament.
On social media, fans called him a “Qatari sleeper agent,” reminiscing about his infamous 2010 speech where he embarrassed the US bidding team immensely by bungling his speech and telling the audience, “I’m sorry me, I’ve missed a page’.
Morgan narrated the opening segment of the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony, titled “The Calling,” telling viewers, “We’re all coming together here in one big tribe.”
Reactions on social media weren’t particularly favorable to the Oscar winner, with one insisting it was a “slap in the face” to see the American in the stadium.
Another added “money talks,” while another said “Sportswashing goes deep.”
The ceremony saw empty seats in the Al Bayt stadium, with scenes such as “Leta’Arafo (To Know One Another)”, followed by “Chants of Nations”, a World Cup medley, a showcase of the official mascots and Jung Kook of South Korean boy band BTS.
Fuming: The actor, 85, insisted the annual event has negative connotations for him as it ‘relegates’ his entire heritage to a single four-week set (pictured in 2022)
Controversy: Morgan was labeled a ‘sellout’ last year with ‘blood on his hands’ after accepting Qatari money to officiate the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony
His performance was perhaps the most surprising of all given his past ambitions to help the US win the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup.
In 2010, he traveled to Zurich as part of the US bid team, along with former President Bill Clinton, where he gave a speech to try and win votes for his country – before his mistake left a bitter taste in his mouth.
Men In Blazers host Roger Bennett wrote on Twitter that Freeman’s performance in Qatar was “epic trolling on a global scale.”
It is unknown how much money Morgan was paid to play his part in the opening ceremony.