Why Morgan Freeman Would Be The Perfect President For Millennials
Morgan Freeman's legendary voice could placate a pack of bloodthirsty wolves. His ability as a narrator is arguably unparalleled. He could describe someone brushing his or her teeth and make it fascinating.
From "Shawshank Redemption" and "Se7en" to the Batman trilogy and "Invictus," he has continuously delighted audiences with his powerful, calming and inspiring presence.
Indeed, wherever he goes, Freeman exudes wisdom and charisma, and he's one of the most universally respected actors around.
So it comes as no surprise he's portrayed both God and the President of the United States in films because he's one of the only people who can pull these roles off and make it all feel real.
Regardless of whether or not you've met him, there's something about him that's very familiar. The sound of his voice makes you trust what he's saying.
But it's not just his tone that's appealing, it's also his actual personality.
Off the screen, Freeman is a champion of common sense and pragmatism, frequently chiming in on important issues with effortless wisdom, wit and authority.
In fact, when you take a moment to think about it, Freeman and a majority of Millennials agree on essentially every major issue. Accordingly, it's fair to argue that he would make a great president for this generation.
After all, we've had former actors as presidents before (Reagan). Not to mention, Freeman is a veteran of the Air Force, and served from 1955-59.
In other words, it wouldn't be that farfetched to think about him in the White House. He's an intelligent individual with a dynamic background.
With that said, it's extremely unlikely Freeman will be running for president. But for current and future presidential hopefuls, he stands as a prime example of what many Millennials are searching for in a leader: Someone who's fearlessly honest and bold enough to be candid about what's going on with this country.
He's genuine and says what he believes and feels, not what he thinks people want to hear.
Whether or not you agree with him, you have to admit Freeman is not afraid to call it like he sees it.
Here's a summary of Freeman's stances on many issues and the ways they align with the viewpoints of Millennials:
He supports same-sex marriage.
Morgan Freeman has often been attributed with saying, "I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You are not scared; you are an assh*le." In truth, he never really said that, but it's not far off from how he actually feels.
Freeman has been a vocal proponent of same-sex marriage and served as the narrator of this poignant gay marriage ad from the Human Rights Campaign in 2012:
His support of gay marriage stands in line with the majority of Millennials' position on this issue. According to Pew Research Center, 67 percent of Millennials are in favor of same-sex marriage.
No other generation in America exhibits such a high level of support for the gay community.
Freeman is fed up with the media.
In the past several weeks, Baltimore has seen a great deal of unrest with ongoing protests in relation to the controversial death of Freddie Gray. When the Daily Beast asked what he thought about media coverage of these developments, Morgan Freeman replied:
F*ck the media.
Millennials strongly concur with this point of view.
According to recent polling from the Harvard Institute of Politics, 88 percent of Millennials have little to no trust in the media. In fact, Millennials trust the media less than any other institution, including Congress and Wall Street.
F*ck the media, indeed.
He's (very) pro-marijuana legalization and anti-War on Drugs.
Morgan Freeman loves marijuana, which he made very clear in a recent interview with the Daily Beast:
My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I'll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it! Marijuana has many useful uses. I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They're talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they've discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, 'Legalize it across the board!'
Thus, it seems that Freeman is as pro-pot as Millennials.
Much like same-sex marriage, Millennials support marijuana legalization more than any other American generation.
According to Pew Research Center, 68 percent of Millennials favor marijuana legalization. Like Freeman, it's not just because they want to get stoned -- they see marijuana as something with many medicinal benefits.
Moreover, Millennials are extremely against the War on Drugs, viewing it as an immense failure both in a fiscal sense and in terms of the detrimental impact it's had on society. They view legalizing marijuana as an important step toward ending this futile endeavor.
Correspondingly, Morgan Freeman is fervently against the War on Drugs, and narrated a documentary on the subject in 2012, "Breaking the Tabboo":
So when it comes to marijuana and the War on Drugs, Morgan Freeman and Millennials stand hand-in-hand.
Freeman is a voice of reason in the climate change debate.
Climate change is the defining issue of this generation. If we don't work to address it, we will suffer the consequences -- in many ways, we've already begun to.
Despite palpable evidence and scientific consensus, far too many choose to deny climate change is happening. Even if they do acknowledge it's occurring, they refuse to admit it's a product of human activities. This position is not only counterintuitive, it's dangerous.
As Morgan Freeman put it in a recent short film (below) for the 2014 UN Climate Summit:
We must stop turning from the warnings of science... and instead turn towards the solutions and partnerships we need. They will either remember us as the generation that destroyed it's home, or the one that finally came to respect it. We have every reason in the world to act. We can't wait until tomorrow.
Freeman is calling for the people and leaders of the world to come together and act on climate change now, in order to preserve this planet for future generations:
Like Freeman, Millennials are extremely concerned about climate change and the future of this world.
According to polling from Statista, Millennials are far more likely than older generations to believe climate change is real and that it's manmade.
As Freeman contended, the debate surrounding climate change is counterproductive, and we need more leaders to step up and highlight how imperative it is to address this issue. But at the moment, there are individuals running for president who still won't fully acknowledge climate change.
With that said, it's highly improbable Morgan Freeman will ever be president beyond the world of film, but that doesn't mean our current leaders couldn't learn a thing or two from him. He's a sensible voice in an often senseless world.
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