- Sep 2011
- Western NY and Geneva, CH
Morgan Freeman calls Tea Party racist | PopWatch | EW.comStart mocking-up Shawshank Redemption posters with Hitler mustaches! Shawshank star Morgan Freeman, who also famously played the president in the 1998 popcorn film, Deep Impact, tells Piers Morgan that the Tea Party movement is racist for its efforts to make Barack Obama a one-term president. The Oscar-winning actor said that Obama’s election has made race relations in this country worse, because the Tea Party movement is “a racist thing.” “Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” the actor said. “What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we … can to get this black man outta here.’”
Freeman dismissed Morgan’s notion that the Tea Party’s motivations were strictly political, and expressed concern over the influence the Tea Partiers were wielding. “It just shows the weak, dark, underside of America,” he said. “We’re supposed to be better than that.” Watch below.
I really like Morgan Freeman. The only way he could be more wrong, after a statement like that, would be to tell us that the Democrats are any more interested in serving the interests of the little guy than the Republicans.
Think of walking into a McDonald's in New York and getting a Big Mac, then walking into a McDonald's in New Orleans and being confronted by a giant pot of gumbo -- it might be good, it might be better than the Big Mac, it might be a better bang-for-the-buck value ... but that's not what McDonald's sells.
The Tea Party movement is essentially a brand name that is completely beyond anyone's control. I don't mean beyond the control of the power-players in Washington, I mean beyond anyone's control, including the membership of the movement. Each cell or chapter or whatever is essentially sharing the Tea Party name and creating the illusion of unity, but without any actual continuity or unity. What this gets us is a mostly unaffiliated network of affiliates that can't agree on what they're doing or where they're going, that wants to share the credit for political upsets that they themselves were not directly involved in -- and that wants none of the responsibility for the stigma generated by the wing-nuts or for policing the wing-nuts or for publicly disavowing the wing-nuts.
The Tea Party movement isn't racist. It's got multiple personality disorder mixed with paranoid schizophrenia.