A friend sent me an image of Morgan Freeman with the following phrase as subtitle, assuring that the man himself said it:

"Oppression is not hearing a word that offends you. Oppression is being told you can't say certain words because you will offend someone else"

But when I googled it, I could only find posts related to this tweet, so I'm assuming this woman said it, not Morgan Freeman. But when I said that to my friend, he insisted Mr. Freeman said it first.

So, does anyone know for a fact if Morgan Freeman said this phrase?

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    I sounds like something an illiterate bigot would say to me and I don't think that fits the profile of Morgan Freeman. – Andy Gee Aug 3 '17 at 2:11
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    @AndyGee You could interpret it two different ways. I see it as more of the opposite, more regarding freedom of speech. Being able to speak freely is a right in many places, so removing that right for fear of offending others could be seen as a form of oppression. At the same time, I definitely understand where you are coming from; because this same line can be used as an excuse for using purposefully offensive speech as a means of oppression. – JMac Aug 18 '17 at 11:07
  • Someone intentionally offending people merits censure, but is not necessarily oppressing them. Someone telling you you can't say something because it might offend someone is half-right. ANYTHING you say "might" offend someone. – WGroleau Aug 2 '18 at 2:02
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    @AndyGee - Yes, it's the kind of thing that sounds super smart to dumb people. – WakeDemons3 Aug 28 '18 at 13:38

Going through all of Morgan Freeman's quotes in the website BrainyQuote, he didn't say this, but this was said by Blaire White (random youtuber).

PS.: btw this suits the personality of Morgan Freeman because this quote is related to black oppression

Source: All of Morgan Freeman's Quotes

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  • Can you edit in the link to BrainyQuote? – user22865 Aug 14 '17 at 11:54
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    I think the part where you say this quote suits Morgan Freeman's personality is an opinion, thus not suitable for an answer. But you provided a source for his (and others') quotes that answers the question. Thanks! – João Victor Oliveira Aug 14 '17 at 12:27
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    BrainyQuote does not actually include everything Morgan Freeman has ever said, and I would argue one would have to search more than it alone to even make the less strict argument of "there is no evidence he has ever said this" As for the post script. It is really nonsensical. Morgan Freeman's personality is "black"? and therefore anything said regarding blacks fits his personality? you should include a citation that proves this. You seem to leave out the only importation citation to the entire question, the citation of someone else being the origin of this quote. – Jonathon Aug 21 '17 at 3:13

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