Billboard honoring Mandela shows Morgan Freeman

The photos of Gandhi, Mother Teresa and MLK are correct. (Photos by Twitter user @Samanth_S)

The photos of Gandhi, Mother Teresa and MLK are correct. (Photos by Twitter user @Samanth_S)

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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22 comments Add your comment

xxx

December 20th, 2013
10:21 am

The increasing inability of averge people to separate real life from fantasy is indeed scary.

Wendell

December 20th, 2013
11:04 am

Finn McCool

December 20th, 2013
11:34 am

So Denzel Washington isn’t Malcolm X?

SAWB

December 20th, 2013
12:19 pm

GLAAD is reporting that the Duck Dynasty guys snuck into the printer and switched the art work.

HRH Obama

December 20th, 2013
12:58 pm

My portrait should have graced this billboard. I am the greatest person to have walked the Earth. I have more worshippers than any of those miscreants. Someone is going to pay for this colossal miscarriage of justice and humanity.

[...] “laughingstock” of India, and has vowed to get the billboard changed immediately, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Morgan Freeman mistaken for Nelson Mandela on Indian billboard fw.to/gQgOeeM (Photo: Getty/AP) [...]

Mayor Kasim Reed

December 20th, 2013
2:18 pm

So a terrorist bomber morphs into a Noble Peace Prize winner?

Andrew

December 20th, 2013
2:32 pm

Umm…Morgan Freeman is from Mississippi, not Tennessee.

WPWW

December 20th, 2013
2:37 pm

Neither one of them deserve an ounce of ‘honor’. One was an anti-White, communist t3rrorist & the other is an overrated, overexposed “H3llyweird” cultural marxist.

Fake Name (here)

December 20th, 2013
2:37 pm

This is what happens when you don’t do your own research.

Fake Name (here)

December 20th, 2013
2:42 pm

This is a light hearted, comical article which I found funny. No need for the anti- crowd to go on a comment rant.

George Mathis

December 20th, 2013
3:12 pm

I changed it to Tennessee native … thanks for the semi-correction.

Waheema

December 20th, 2013
3:34 pm

But Morgan Freeman looks more like Mandela than Mandela to most Americans.

Devil's Advocate

December 20th, 2013
3:41 pm

You can only imagine the shock on my face when I found out Erin Brockovich was not quite the hottie that was Julia Roberts circa 2000.

houndmother

December 20th, 2013
4:49 pm

I think we’re supposed to blame Obama now.

Steve

December 20th, 2013
4:54 pm

Umm…Andrew, he was born in Memphis. He only lived in Mississippi during early childhood.

Jack ®

December 20th, 2013
4:58 pm

We gotta correct this miscarriage: Give Freeman the Nobel.

DeJaVu

December 20th, 2013
5:16 pm

So being against your countries white oppressors is the problem? And fighting against them means you’re a terrorist? I think the Klan has a problem then… i hope to see them in Guantanamo pretty soon…

there are a lot of Ducks in the world, and they always find a forum to air their ignorance.

George W. Bush

December 20th, 2013
7:36 pm

Good looking billboard! I’ll miss that guy…

[...] At the time, with Were 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. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://blogs.ajc.com/news-to-me/2013/12/20/billboard-honoring-mandela-shows-morgan-freeman/ [...]

I dropped my fried twinkie

December 21st, 2013
2:45 pm

All Black men look Alike……….Well unless you see their MUG SHOT.

Flip Wilson

December 23rd, 2013
8:24 am

They say we all look alike any way !