I know you're probably beyond sick of political ads at this point (and flyers cluttering up your mailbox, and phone calls at dinnertime, and Facebook relatives confessing their disturbing affection for Sarah Palin), but one more—featuring the dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman.
Ah, who doesn't love Freeman's voice? So authoritative. So soothing. So ... impersonated, in this case.
Republican candidate B.J. Lawson of North Carolina ran an ad against his Democratic opponent with what sounds like Morgan Freeman narrating the commercial. Lawson's team was so giddy about the response to the radio and TV spot that they trumpeted Freeman's involvement via a press release, saying:
Morgan Freeman doesn't have a problem cutting ads against Washington insiders or he wouldn't do it. […] People shouldn't be so shocked that someone like Mr. Freeman would think outside of the left-right red vs. blue dynamic.
Problem was, Freeman never did the ad. He fired back.
These people are lying. I have never recorded any campaign ads for B.J. Lawson and I do not support his candidacy. And, no one who represents me ever has ever authorized the use of my name, voice, or any other likeness in support of Lawson or his candidacy.
Lawson's camp has quickly backtracked, blaming the production company for an "error." How exactly do you accidentally use an celebrity impersonation in a political ad, I wonder?
Here's the ad in question. What do you think, is this Freeman's voice—or a close copy?
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