PBS Postpones “Finding Your Roots” Due to Ben Affleck’s “Improper” Influence

PBS Postpones “Finding Your Roots” Due to Ben Affleck’s “Improper” Influence

PBS has decided to postpone future seasons of the Henry Louis Gates documentary genealogy series "Finding Your Roots" after determining that celebrity guest Ben Affleck improperly influenced producers to leave out a reference to his slave-owning ancestors. PBS also concluded that Gates should have informed the network "of Mr. Affleck’s...

PBS has decided to postpone future seasons of the Henry Louis Gates documentary genealogy series “Finding Your Roots

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  1. Interesting. I stopped watching Finding Your Roots because it seemed to me that in every episode featuring a white person, they were expected to express concern and dismay if there were slaveholders in their past. Understand that I find slaveholding abhorrent, but I do not feel the need to apologize for anything an ancestor did. I was not there. I will not apologize.

  2. I enjoy shows like Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You are?
    It is unfortunate the Ben Affleck requested that some of his past
    be left out of the show. It is also unfortunate that the producers, or whoever,
    granted his request because now I won’t have that show to watch. We can’t change the past.
    I don’t know if any of my ancestors owned slaves or not – it is possible that they did because
    I can trace my grandmother’s family back to coming here in 1635 and living in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia area.
    Some of our presidents owned slaves. We just can’t change history.

  3. The show does get flak for what some see as focusing too much on slavery, and in this case it also got flak for not focusing on slavery. I’m not convinced that the producers cut the slavery mention because Affleck requested it, but the mere appearance of his influence, which was exacerbated when Gates didn’t notify PBS of Affleck’s request, was enough to hurt the network and earn the punishment.

  4. Shame on Mr Affleck for being ashamed of his ancestrial past. Without the past we can’t learn anything and do anything to affect the future. Why would anyone really comedown on someone for what happened 150-200 years ago. I think he seriously over reacted.

    Robert

  5. I think that this is uncalled for by cancelling this program. Mr. Affleck does NO have any control over who came before him. It is history and it is a sad history, but it happened. There others that it happened to also. This program among the other genealogy programs were so interesting and valuable to others who are researching their family history. I would love to have the opportunity to have assistance in finding out about my ancestry and solving the road block that I have reached. Thank you for letting me voice my opinion. Please bring back your program.