A lot of people don’t know this, but I share a spirit with Nelson Mandela.
Many years ago I went to the fair and a fortune teller who never foresaw her life as a toothless carny revealed this cosmic truth.
After paying $5, I became a better person immediately, so I guess it was worth it.
My girlfriend learned she shared the spirit of Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister. At the time, with “We’re Not Gonna Take It” blaring on car stereos everywhere, I felt like she had the cooler spirit force in her corner.
Mandela later won a Nobel Peace Prize, became the first black president of South Africa and, upon his death, has almost been declared a saint, despite his controversial past.
Now that Mandela is gone, I need a new spirit partner, of course, and, according to a billboard in India, I’m thinking it should be Morgan Freeman.
The U.K.’s Metro reports an Indian businessman keen on honoring Mandela paid an advertising company for the billboard, but the company used a picture of the Tennessee native who, to my knowledge, only ended apartheid in the 2009 film ‘Invictus.’
A tweet sent by a reporter in India first highlighted the gaffe.
The businessman is now the “laughingstock” of India, according to some reports, and has vowed to get the billboard changed immediately.
The mistake has happened before. When news broke of Mandela’s death Dec. 5, some mourners were shown carrying large photos of Freeman.
The Guardian reported 8 percent of tweets sent after Mandela’s death were sent to ridicule social media users who were expressing their condolences using photos of Freeman instead of Mandela.
What does Freeman think about being confused with a legend? There’s no telling, but he didn’t call people dirty names on Twitter.
And, Paris Hilton, despite what you may have heard, did not confuse Mandela with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hmmmm … maybe Paris Hilton should be my spirit partner? She makes movies too I hear.
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