Billboard Confused Morgan Freeman With Nelson Mandela
Oops. The mix-up was discovered Thursday outside of the southern city of Coimbatore, AFP reports, with a photo of the 76-year-old actor on a memorial dedicated to the anti-apartheid icon, who died Dec. 5.The merchant who paid for the billboard, which also features images of Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., blamed the error on the designer. He said it will be replaced. The cycle of confusing Morgan Freeman for other people, however, will likely continue. Oh no they didn’t?! Billboard in India mistook Morgan Freeman for Nelson Mandela?! http://t.co/K53yDHrqPM
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Billboard honoring Mandela shows Morgan Freeman
At the time, with Were Not Gonna Take It blaring on car stereos everywhere, I felt like she had the cooler spirit force in her corner. Mandela later won a Nobel Peace Prize, became the first black president of South Africa and, upon his death, has almost been declared a saint, despite his controversial past.
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The movie focuses on Mandela, shortly after he was released from prison, trying to unite blacks and whites in South Africa to support the national team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. At the time of Nelson Mandelas death at age 95 in early December, many very confused Twitter users reported that Morgan Freeman had died instead apparently because of the resemblance between the two men. Commenting on Nelson Mandelas death, Morgan Freeman described him as a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. He added that As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far weve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us. In a separate but far more bizarre occurrence, a Detroit radio station somehow confused Alex Rodriguez with Nelson Mandela when reporting on the December 5 passing of the South African leader. In a graphic labeled Remembering Nelson Mandela, NBC-affiliate WDIV-TV ran a picture of the Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez instead.
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