comScore Morgan Freeman Calls Out ‘Gender Specific’ Awards While Receiving SAG’s Life Achievement Honor

Morgan Freeman Calls Out ‘Gender Specific’ Awards While Receiving SAG’s Life Achievement Honor

Living Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman accepted a Life Achievement Award at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards tonight, a moment he called a “tremendous honor.”

After a video was played outlining Freeman’s storied career in the film industry, the actor said, “These moments in one’s life usually call for an entire litany of thank yous. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names. So I won’t try.”

“I do, however, want to thank SAG-AFTRA for this tremendous honor and a little shout-out to my brood,” he added.

Freeman also noted that he finds the “gender-specific” nature of the award to be problematic:

“This is beyond honor. This is a place in history. Oh, and one more thing, I wasn’t going to do this. I’m gonna tell you what’s wrong with this statue. It works from the back. From the front it’s gender-specific. Maybe I started something.”

The actor’s comments came at a time when discrimination against women in the film industry has been the focus of all the major award shows, as a post-Harvey Weinstein Hollywood attempts to tackle issues of pay discrimination and sexual misconduct.

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