Friday, September 4, 2015

Morgan Freeman Sandy Hook statement a hoax

On Saturday, a statement linked to Morgan Freeman about the Connecticut school tragedy began circulating on Facebook and Twitter. A representative for Morgan Freeman has confirmed that it is indeed a hoax.

Morgan Freeman Sandy Hook statement a hoax

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On Saturday, a statement linked to Morgan Freeman about the Connecticut school tragedy  began circulating on Facebook and Twitter.  A representative for Morgan Freeman has confirmed that it is indeed a hoax.

The statement read: "It’s because of the way the media reports it. Turn on the news and see how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single 'victim' of Columbine? So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or maternity ward next.”

Freeman’s representative told HuffPost that the statement was not written by the actor.

Reddit users have revealed that the author of the Freeman hoax is a man named Mark from Vancouver. One reddit user wrote on the Freeman thread, “"Couple of us thought it'd be funny, since it was a well written article, to attribute it to Morgan Freeman. Day Later, Reddit Front Page. Bravo, Internet."

Although the Freeman statement was a hoax, other celebrities have reacted publicly to the Newtown school shooting, including director Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and Maria Shriver.

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