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Claim:   Tweet reproduces actor Morgan Freeman's statement about homophobia.

FALSE

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, September 2012]

For a few days now i have seen a post on Facebook that says:

'I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You are not scared; you are an asshole.'

Well, today I see that it has suddenly been attributed to Morgan Freeman.

 

Origins:   The above-reproduced statement about homophobia was a quip that came to
be attributed to Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman in August 2012. However, Morgan Freeman neither originated nor repeated those words: they came to be associated with his name through a 12 August 2012 Twitter entry posted to the now-defunct Tweets from God feed, a humor site which represented itself with an image of the actor portraying God in the film Bruce Almighty.

The "Tweets from God" Twitter page included a disclaimer noting that "This account is not associated with Morgon Freeman [sic], it's just a parody!"

Last updated:   17 November 2013

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