Love Knows No Bounds? Well, Maybe It Should
When incest and pedophilia are labeled as love
There were rumors about Morgan Freeman and his step-granddaughter a few years back, around the time of the strange accident where he drove a Nissan Sentra off a bridge in Mississippi with a woman that wasn't his wife. Then his wife of 25 years soon filed for divorce and stories began to circulate that the reason behind the separation was that Freeman had been carrying on a decade-long relationship with her 27-year-old granddaughter.
Did you do the math? That means that Freeman had been fooling around with this young lady since she was 17! Do you also remember that I said he was married to his ex-wife for about as long as the granddaughter has been alive. So, I'm just going to say it, "Eeww, gross!"
Now, don't get me wrong. I love me some Morgan Freeman. From Lean on Me and Shawshank Redemption to Wanted but seriously, there is something wrong here. He is on some Woody Allen, Soon-Yi business. We could chalk it up to a mid-life crisis except that he's in his 70s. Or maybe, just maybe, he and the step-granddaughter are truly in love. Even still, bump all of that.
I don't care about what deep connections people have or the idea that love conquers all, some lines just should not be crossed. I mean, I get it that they're not blood relatives so technically, it's not incest. And she's an adult and was nearly one when they started messing around so, it's not pedophilia but, hell, that's all semantics. If you raise someone as your granddaughter and then you start indulging in intimacies beyond the realm of grandfather and child, the ish is inappropriate.
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We live in a world now where nearly anything goes. But some things have got to be sacred. I remember when I was little how much I loved my grandpa. We had a real bond. He was the sweetest man ever and when died when I was 14, I was truly devastated. So I can understand how a young girl can grow up adoring this other father figure and idolizing him in a particular way, but not sexually. And if that case of Oedipus/Electra complex does rear it's head, say as it does in the film, Eve's Bayou, the adult party is the one responsible for maintaining the boundary.
Even in one of my favorite epic films, Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins, Brad's character Tristan returns home after years of wandering and he sees the little Native American girl, Isabelle Two, who had a childish crush on him and then weds her as an adult. I thought it strange and a little disgusting. How can you, as an adult, know someone as a child and be sexually attracted to them as an adult? Maybe it's that I used to be a teacher, and my former students (now all grown up) are always held in my mind as the children I once knew them as. I respect them as adults and can appreciate the handsome person they have grown into, but that's it. But again, we now live in a world where there are Mary Kay Letourneau's getting pregnant by their sixth graders.
All I can say is, I can't let this ride. Morgan Freeman I'm calling your actions into question. I know I usually say, I don't want to judge this or that situation but today, I'm sitting in judgment. I don't think this is cool. AT. ALL. What about you?