Morgan Freeman — whose inspirational new movie ‘Dolphin Tale’ is sure to have audiences weeping on both sides of the aisles — is making waves by denouncing the Tea Party as racists. As Freeman told host Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Friday night on CNN, he’s upset that their objective seems to be, “Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man outta here.'” He disagreed with Morgan’s contention that it’s simply partisan politics as usual, and that the underlying sentiment “is a racist thing.” See the interview ahead.
Freeman, who’s played both the American president as well as South African president Nelson Mandela onscreen, says that the election of Barack Obama has actually worsened racism in this country.
The Oscar winner believes that the right-wing group’s targeting of Obama “just shows the weak, dark, underside of America. We’re supposed to be better than that. We really are.”
The actor said he understood why President Obama hasn’t fought back, but predicted that he will soon. “He’s gonna do it,” he told Morgan.
As for Freeman’s own politics, he endorsed Obama during his run for the presidency, but did not actively campaign for him, saying that he was an actor, not a politician.
[via Huffington Post]
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