What happens when a beloved celebrity gets accused of sexual harassment by no less than eight women?
On Thursday night, news of sexual harassment allegations against Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman surfaced. Soon after the accusations emerged, Freeman tendered an apology and said that it was never his intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable and disrespected.
"I apologise to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected - that was never my intent." - Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman’s name is the latest to join a list of Hollywood celebrities accused of sexual misconduct. In October 2017, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual abuse. Following Weinstein, allegations of sexual misconduct against actors Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby, Louis CK and Dustin Hoffman, among others, shook the American entertainment industry.
Twitter exploded with reactions from fans and colleagues which ranged from them calling him out for tendering an insufficient apology to defending him and saying he is ‘innocent until proved guilty.’
“Don’t Issue a Fake Apology...”
The problem with Morgan Freeman's apology, and so many like it, is it focuses on intent. "I didn't mean to make anyone uncomfortable."— ur m8 raddles (@angharadyeo) May 24, 2018
Did you not think leering & touching might make them uncomfortable? Was that really beyond your ability to foresee? Or r u just a selfish creep
Sorry, Morgan Freeman.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 24, 2018
Any apology that says "I'm sorry if you felt uncomfortable or disrespected" is a non-apology.
Anyone who narrates as much as YOU do can narrate a better apology for those 8 women.
Try again. pic.twitter.com/7lmp4lp2Dx
No, Morgan Freeman, that is not an acceptable "apology." Take responsibility for your actions, as opposed to putting the onus on others. Good intent does not excuse bad behavior.— The Skeptical Cybrarian (@SkeptiCybrarian) May 24, 2018
Y'all funny (not rly). If Morgan Freeman apologized it's because he knows he did something. The apology read exactly like what my abuser said to me after he sexual assaulted me. Stop normalizing this.— Shey (@SheyAngelen) May 24, 2018
“Nobody Gets a Pass For Harassment Because of Their Amazing Acting Abilities.”
I think we need to talk about Morgan Freeman.— ɴᴇғᴇʀᴛɪᴛɪ ᴋɪɴɢ (@NefeRex) May 24, 2018
Some abusive people on the surface often seem like the kindest, friendliest people you could meet.
But abusers are strategic. They show their good side to those they aren't hurting, so those they harm feel like they can't speak up.
A lot of people will defend or support Morgan Freeman as a kneejerk, because we've ALL grown up watching movies where he plays compassionate, decent people.— ɴᴇғᴇʀᴛɪᴛɪ ᴋɪɴɢ (@NefeRex) May 24, 2018
But Morgan Freeman is an actor. He is not a character, and his roles do not reflect who he really is or capable of.
If you’re starting to get to the point of like, “Morgan Freeman? HIM TOO?!” Maybe you’ll begin to understand why women glance over their shoulder everywhere we go. SO many famous men are being outed because SO many men treat women like shit.— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) May 24, 2018
No. Nobody gets a pass for harassment because of their amazing acting abilities or party affiliation. Scum is scum. #MorganFreeman— Chelsey Engel (@femmewithapen) May 24, 2018
There were large number of users who stood behind Freeman and asserted that he is innocent. until proven guilty.
“There’s a Conscious Agenda Against Black American Entertainers.”
Not ever going to believe that Morgan Freeman did it. No one will ever be able to convince me. No one. This is getting out of hand.— Marian Amos (@marianamos2) May 24, 2018
None of us are ready to hate Morgan Freeman, I don’t believe it man— ChOle (@ck_chloe23) May 25, 2018
These white people on a mission .... first bill Cosby, then R Kelly, now they talking about morgan freeman .... bruh cmonnnn y’all trying to take out black men ?— ❤ Grace (@PinkHeart_xoxo) May 24, 2018
I'm beginning to think that there's a conscious agenda against the biggest and most successful black American entertainers. I think there should at least be a level of authenticity to accusations before they are made public. Don't see Morgan Freeman coming back from this.— OlaWale Agbede (@TheWaleAgbede) May 24, 2018
I'm not in a place to say Morgan Freeman is innocent or not. But the latest trend of women coming out to accuse men of sexual assault for a remark made about them years ago is actually looking more like a deliberate act to bring them down.— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) May 24, 2018
“If Freeman Goes, Trump Should Go Down With Him Too!”
There were few others who took a dig at President Donald Trump and said that if Freeman were charged, Trump should be charged along with him too.
If Morgan Freeman goes down Trump needs to go with him!— Kim WhyNot (@kimblackproud) May 24, 2018
Y’all coming for Morgan Freeman meanwhile there’s a sexual predator still in the White House....alright.— Audri❤️ (@audrimoe) May 24, 2018
8 women allege sexual harassment and misconduct by Morgan Freeman— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 24, 2018
This is a terrible thing indeed, and if true, he should pay the price.
Reminder, our President has doubled this tally with 19 accusers...
Bill Cosby— BLACK AND PROUD (@BlkAndPr0ud) May 24, 2018
2018 is the year of hunt for sexual abusers.
All of them except Donald Trump
It’s great that Morgan Freeman is being held accountable for allegations from eight women of harassment and misconduct.— Protect Robert Mueller ✊ (@DisavowTrump20) May 24, 2018
What about the 19 women who have accused Donald Trump?
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