Mor­gan Free­man

Kyiv Post - - Opinion P - – Euan MacDon­ald

U. S. movie star Mor­gan Free­man’s lat­est filmm was re­leased on Sept. 19 9 and has al­ready been viewed iewed by at least 350,000 0,000 peo­ple.

The film, or more cor­rectly a video, is a two- minute ap­pear-ppear­ance for a group p called Com­mit­tee to In­ves­ti­gate Rus­sia. In it, Free­man eman an­nounces in his vel­vety bari­tone thathat Amer­ica has been at­tacked, and is at war. He goes on to out­line a film script in which a KGB GB of­fi­cer, still bit­ter overver the demise of the Soviet oviet Union and the vic­to­ryc­tory of the United States and its al­lies in the Cold War, seizes power in Rus­sia and builds an au­thor­i­tar­ian regime. He then launches a cy­ber­at­tack on the United States to un­der­mine its me­dia and in­sti­tu­tions of democ­racy.

How­ever, this script is not fic­tion, but fact, Free­man goes on to say, nam­ing the KGB of­fi­cer as Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. Free­man, who played the fic­tional U. S. Pres­i­dent Tom Beck in the 1998 dis­as­ter movie “Deep Im­pact,” then slips into the role of U. S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ad­dress­ing his fel­low Amer­i­cans, and call­ing for Congress and the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices to get to the bot­tom of Rus­sia’s in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Free­man’s per­for­mance did not go down well in Rus­sia. The ac­tor was sub­jected to mock­ery and abuse, the worst of which was a vi­cious video satire that de­picted Free­man be­ing kid­napped and forced to apol­o­gize to Rus­sia be­fore the mon­u­ment to as­sault ri­fle de­signer Mikhail Kalash­nikovKalash in Moscow. TheTh Krem­lin’s sham news­new chan­nel RT wrotewrot that Free­man had been “weaponized,”ized and Rus­sia’s armiesarmi of In­ter­net trolls and bots started to slam the ac­tor un­der the hash­tag # StopMor­ganLie.StopMor For the do­mes­tic­domes Rus­sian au­di­ence,enc the Ros­siya 24 tele­vi­sion chan­neln claimed the 80-year-old ac­tor was “los­ing it” be­cause of over­workwo and smok­ing mar­i­juana.mar WhileWh the idea of wea weaponized Mor­gan Free­manF is in­deed awe­some to con­tem­plate, the fact that the Krem­lin, via its mouth­pieces, re­acted so loudly to Free­man’s per­for­mance shows that it hit the mark. Ukraine has been the vic­tim of elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence, and much graver med­dling, at the hands of the Krem­lin, and any­one who brings its wrong­do­ing to the at­ten­tion of a wide au­di­ence is a friend in­deed.

Or­der of Yaroslav The Wise

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