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On Ben Affleck slavery controversy, a slippery comparison
On Ben Affleck slavery controversy, a slippery comparison

One of the more revealing details of Ben Affleck’s apology/defense of his decision to press PBS to edit out his slave-holding ancestor comes not when he’s detailing his embarrassment but when he makes an unexpected comparison: to shooting a film. "I lobbied [the producer] the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use,” Affleck said in his explainer statement Tuesday. “This is the collaborative creative process. Skip [Gates, the show’s host] agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with.” Affleck of course has been facing heat over revelations, via a Wikileaks email dump,...

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