Morgan Freeman, who has been in Atlanta filming “Last Vegas,” has gone viral with a statement regarding the Connecticut shootings.
The statement, criticizing media coverage of mass shootings, closes with, “You can help by turning off the news.”
It’s been shared more than 1 million times on Facebook and had ranked up more than 600,000 “likes” as of this morning.
Just one problem: Freeman says the statement did not originate with him.
A spokesman for Freeman told On The Red Carpet that the actor did not pen this statement and added that he has not released any statement about the matter.
It’s of course not the first time a prominent person has been incorrectly linked to commentary. Bill Cosby’s supposed “I’m 76 and I’m tired” essay made the rounds during the political season but was also fiction. It’s cited on the hoax-busting web site snopes.com. (He’s 75, by the way).
And pop star Justin Bieber gets prematurely mourned thanks to social media and gossip blogs that every so often allege he has passed away. The latest report of his supposed demise says he met his end in a car crash, particularly unfunny given the legitimate threat to Bieber, which was foiled by law enforcement.