First the Russians came for our election and our social media platforms, and now they’re coming for another beloved institution: Morgan Freeman.
Russian Twitter — maybe bots, maybe people, who knows the difference anymore — has exploded in anger towards the famed actor, using the hashtag “#StopMorganLie” to show their disgust with Freeman.
But what did the Shawshank Savior actually do to deserve this?
It all started with director Rob Reiner and Atlantic editor David Frum who are promoting the Committee to Investigate Russia, a “nonprofit, non-partisan resource” intended to, well, educate Americans about the seriousness of Russia’s attacks on American democracy.
As part of this campaign, the group enlisted frequent portrayer of God/God-like figures Morgan Freeman to do a video highlighting all of the shenanigans Russian is accused to have partaken in regarding our sovereign presidential election of 2016.
So, naturally, the Russians are mad online like so many MAGA hat burners, and they’re turning to social media to take aim at Freeman (who clearly has a lot of influence in Russia if they’re getting this mad about it).
In response to Freeman’s video, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “many performing artists easily succumb to becoming victims of emotional strain with no real information about the real state of things.”
And a Russian TV channel accused Freeman of falling prey to “a Messianic complex resulting from playing God or the president in several films, not to mention ‘drug abuse.’”
As for Freeman, he hasn’t commented on the Russian backlash but one assumes he’s too busy chilling in Zihuatanejo to really care about it.