Morgan Freeman On Baltimore Riots Coverage: “F*ck The Media!”
Morgan Freeman slams the cable news coverage of the Baltimore protests and riots in a new interview, exclaiming, “F*ck the media!”
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Freeman compares the current coverage in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death to that of last year’s in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Missouri. “Now, they’re getting more of the whole picture. Ferguson? No. Baltimore seems to be coming up with a different scenario in the background,” says the veteran actor. “People are saying, ‘You were not all there when we were just talking and trying to make a point, but if we set something on fire, all of a sudden you’re all here. Why is that? What’s the difference?’ And some young reporters are listening. That sort of observation is very useful.”
Freeman, perhaps in reference to the video of the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer, also credits technology for providing key insight into some tragic, controversial events, saying “it lets us see behind the scenes a little bit better.” The actor explains, “Police have a standard reaction to shooting somebody. I fear for my life and I fear for my safety. Now, at least you can see, ‘Hey, his hands were up in the air! What part of your safety were you afraid of? The guy was running away, what part of your safety was in danger?’” Freeman goes on to recount “one situation I saw where a cop told a guy to get out of the car, said, ‘Show me your driver’s license,’ and the guy reached back into the car and the cop shot him!”
The movie star’s comments were made during a discussion of his upcoming romantic comedy Five Flights Up, which features a subplot about a Muslim man whose truck is stopped by the police, leading to a standoff and television coverage speculating that he has a bomb. “Isn’t that always happening?” asks Freeman of the often prejudiced assumptions made in such real-life scenarios.
He continues, “Look at MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. Go between those three. There’s a take, there’s a take, and there’s a take. It’s just commentary. CNN wants to be pure news, but the others are just commentary. They’re just commenting on things.” But Freeman has no patience for it. “Anyway, off the media,” he says, reportedly laughing before adding, “F*ck the media.” What do you think of his comments?