So, after rebooting my computer for the day, I crank up my browser so I can go do some Facebook stuff and just as I clicked on the link to Gourmet Ranch, I see something about Morgan Freeman and his step-granddaughter.
Normally, I don’t get into what celebrities do and often riff about how the media just makes a big deal of things they may do that, if there weren’t celebs, no one would ever pay attention to them. Ah, but this one had me going, “He’s gonna do what? With who?”
Okay, so if she’s got the word “step” before her other identifier – granddaughter – well, right away, there’s no blood relationship. According to the Yahoo article I read – and I’m not including the link because it’s so long it makes the viewable blog look like shit – Morgan allegedly did the deed with this girl, his wife found out about it, and divorced him but, interestingly, the article not only points out the very wide gap in their ages – 45 years – but it also points out that if Morgan did hit that thang, she had to be 17 at the time.
It should be noted that this, um, alleged pending and creepy-feeling marriage is being reported by the National Enquire and, honestly, if that rag reported that the sun was gonna rise in the east, I’d probably not believe them.
Responses to the Yahoo article run along the same lines – just plain creepy in their eyes and I’ll even admit that on first glance, yeah, hmm, Morgan, what were you thinking about with this one? I also saw a comment with the word “incest” in it – that’s enough to give most people the creeps right off the bat! Then I shift into neutral, take a step back and apply some objectivity to this one, like what the law says about such things.
The article implies these two have been having a fling for ten years, again, making her 17 if, as reported, they had sex; the word “allegedly” plays big in this. Without knowing where the alleged act occurred – and being familiar with the laws where I live, hmm, 17 puts her over the minimal age of consent, which is 16 but, well, at least here, legally it gets confusing only because LAOC (legal age of consent) here is 18 now but a 16 or 17 year old can consent to sex but we put some extra shit into the law that, once you figure it out, if he was 62 and she was 17, that’s more than the thirteen-year age difference so Morgan would have probably been arrested for unlawful sexual intercourse if he wasn’t who he is; our law says – in part – “The age of consent in Delaware is 18, but it is legal for teenagers aged 16 and 17 to engage in sexual intercourse as long as the older partner is younger than 30.” So, hmm, if he really did this and happened to be in Delaware, homey would be waiting to explain this one to a judge because, according to our laws, he’s guilty of fourth degree rape – a Class C felony.
Then there’s the fact that she’s not related to him by blood so if, say, the law here would want to slap his hands for the age difference thing, eh, they might not say a whole lot about this part of the alleged act because, technically, they’re not related except by association. If he was answering to a judge for the first thing, I’m sure that honorable person would bring this up and say a few words to him simply because this doesn’t look good. Indeed, I read the whole law about this for us here and because he was in a position of authority over her – he was raising her – well, hmm, put your hands behind your back, Mr. Freeman…
Morgan Freeman is a fine actor and probably has a whole room filled with all the accolades afforded him in this. What we tend to do is to confuse his celebrity with him simply being another human being so that when such a person does something – or allegedly does something – we tend to either be shocked at it, take a dim view of it, other stuff like that.
However, depending on the prevailing law wherever this supposed sex act took place, did he really do something illegal or even immoral? The article, such as it is, is sorely lacking the detail that such news about celebs tends to invoke, like, um, he’s got a date in a court somewhere to answer to the charges of fourth degree rape or something like that. Certainly, it just doesn’t sound right, does it? Kinda makes your blood run cold and you find yourself involuntarily shivering over this one?
While the laws differ from state to state, there’s one thing that’s consistent: People who are directly related to each other aren’t allowed to have sex or marry and a step-anything doesn’t constitute a direct relationship by blood, although I do wonder if adoption plays into this in anyway; like, you legally adopted your new wife’s daughter, officially and legally making her your step-daughter… but she’s not really your daughter. See, in this, there’s the spirit of the law… then there’s the letter of the law and I’m thinking they might not agree with each other where this particular thing is concerned. But, as usual, I digress.
Does this freak you out in any way? Do you read the article and just shrug, writing it off as either media hype or some other form of bullshit – or because you’re thinking, “Well, famous people are always doing insane shit anyway…” The Enquire has always been accused of questionable reporting; they’ve been sued by celebrities quite a bit for literally making shit up and reporting it as fact like, say, someone takes a picture of Beyonce, in a bikini, and standing with someone that ain’t her husband… and now they have her having an affair when, in truth, it’s a story based on some either coincidental picture – someone just happened to be standing next to her, all nice and innocent – or some clever photographic trickery.
At best, it makes anything they say questionable and I know I tend to automatically dismiss this stuff when I happen to see it while standing in line at the supermarket – there’s a reason why they put those things at the register, you know. I’ve actually watched people flipping through it while waiting; me, I might see one and just roll my eyes and, yeah, had I saw this emblazoned all over the place when I was last in the market – a couple of days ago now, I would have frowned, rolled my eyes until they hurt, and went right on about my business.
Unless he’s officially charged with a crime, did it happen? If a reliable media source had reported this, say, CNN or NBC Nightly News, would it be taken as a matter of fact… even though there’s no evidence of him being arrested for what would most likely be a crime in a lot of states? Which thing is the most “offensive;” the fact that he’s 45 years older than this woman or that he’s “related” to this person?
It did cross my mind that Morgan got into it with the media over some shit concerning the Tea Party a while back so maybe he’s really gotten the media’s attention and to the point where they’re digging up dirt on him because of his political views? I recall Bill Cosby saying some shit that the media took great offense to – and they started digging up dirt on him like there was no tomorrow.
It makes this blogger wonder if the response to this “news” isn’t taking the legal implications into consideration before deeming this creepy – that seems to be a purely moral reaction, doesn’t it? It also makes me wonder what makes the difference with people – morality or the cold, hard, and uncaring facts of law? A comment in another article I saw on this – also of questionable sources – says that, okay, maybe he didn’t commit incest… but still! What, if anything, is the real objection to this, provided it’s the real deal?