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Published On: Mon, Dec 17th, 2012

Connecticut shooting rant by Morgan Freeman was a hoax by a Reddit user

A statement claimed to be written by Morgan Freeman on the Connecticut school shootings was a hoax, this according to his rep.

Screenshot/NPR video

Screenshot/NPR video

The faux-rant from the “Through the Wormhole” actor, which blamed the news media and gun control on Adam Lanza’s massacre, has gone viral. (see the post below)

According to a Monday morning report from the Toronto Sun, the statement, purported to be from the esteemed actor is a “phony.”

The diatribe first appeared on Reddit over the weekend.

A follow-up post revealed the writer’s true identity and motivation:

“Was actually written by a dude named Mark in Vancouver. Couple of us thought it’d be funny, since it was a well written article, to attribute it to Morgan Freeman”

They then patted themselves on the back for “making the front page” of Reddit.

The rep says, “Morgan neither made statements or posted those statements. We are trying to find out who did, but they did not originate from him.”

In regards to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, the hoax from a Freeman impostor, addressed a battery of topics, most of which fingered the media and lax gun control laws as reasons Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree.

“Morgan Freeman” Rant:

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”

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