http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/23/ben-affleck-s-slave-owning-ancestor-revealed.html Whether or not you agree with WikiLeaks’ decision to republish (and organize, and itemize) the hacked Sony documents that were allegedly (but probably not) pilfered by a fraternity of hackers on the orders of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un over his portrayal as a margarita and Katy Perry-loving psycho who gets his face burned off in The Interview, they’re floating about in the ether once more. And the biggest reveal from the re-up has been the news that Ben Affleck, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Argo and upcoming baritone-voiced Batman in next year’s Batman vs. Superman, pressured esteemed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to nix a bit on his PBS celebrity ancestry programFinding Your Roots about one of his slave-owning ancestors. In the Sony documents, Gates sent an email to Sony CEO/pal Michael Lynton. “[C]onfidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors—the fact that he owned slaves,” Gates wrote to Lynton. “We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?” He later referred to the subject as “Batman.” Your third great-grandfather owned 25 slaves. He was a slave owner. These holdings put Benjamin Cole among the southern elite. Only about 10 percent of all slave holders owned 20 slaves or more.