Fact Check: Actor Morgan Freeman Did NOT Tweet That Whiteness 'Is A Disease' -- It's Another Morgan Freeman

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Actor Morgan Freeman Did NOT Tweet That Whiteness 'Is A Disease' -- It's Another Morgan Freeman Wrong Morgan

Did actor Morgan Freeman tweet that whiteness "is a disease"? No, that's not true: That tweet was made by a film director also named Morgan Freeman, who professionally goes by Morgan J. Freeman. Additionally, there are no tweets on actor Morgan Freeman's Twitter account at the time of writing that mention "whiteness."

The confusion began online after a tweet (archived here) was published on May 16, 2022, by Morgan J. Freeman. The tweet read:

Being 'anti-racist' starts by admitting 'whiteness' is a disease.

This is what the tweet looked like at the time of writing:

The tweet was from Morgan J. Freeman's account @mjfree and, like all other tweets made by any user, features his profile photo. While the actor Morgan Freeman is a Black man, the director Morgan J. Freeman is a white man:

morgan freeman tweet.png
(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue May 17 14:26:46 2022 UTC)

Their Twitter profile bios also differentiate them. At the time of writing, director Morgan J. Freeman's bio clarified that he was not the same person as the actor, and read:

Dad, TV Producer, Filmmaker, Human Rights & Racial Justice Advocate... oh, and I don't act.

morgan j freeman bio.png

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue May 17 14:29:12 2022 UTC)

Conversely, actor Morgan Freeman's bio read:

That actor whose voice you recognize.

morgan freeman actor bio.png

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue May 17 14:30:06 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories conducted an advanced Twitter search to see whether actor Morgan Freeman ever tweeted about "whiteness" through his account @morgan_freeman. The search generated no results at the time of writing:

whiteness morgan freeman actor.png
(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue May 17 14:50:19 2022 UTC)

Other Twitter users discussed the difference between the two individuals. Screenshots of such tweets (linked here, here and here, respectively) are included below:

first morgan freeman tweet.png

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue May 17 14:56:10 2022 UTC)

second morgan freeman tweet.png
(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue May 17 14:57:11 2022 UTC)

third morgan freeman tweet.png
(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue May 17 14:58:18 2022 UTC)

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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