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Billboard Honoring Nelson Mandela Uses Morgan Freeman Pic Instead

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Marisa Kabas

By Marisa Kabas on December 19, 2013

Just a whole lotta NOPE here.

A billboard dedicated to Nelson Mandela in the wake of the former South African president’s death on December 5 was erected on the side of a road in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore. The billboard also features photos of iconic leaders Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and Gandhi, with the words “We should be proud that we were part of an era when they lived” in Tamil-language emblazoned across it.

That would be incredibly touching if in this case “Mandela” wasn’t actually “Morgan Freeman.” You know, the guy from March of the Penguins. (He also played Mandela in the film Invictus, but STILL.)

A Twitter user shared this gaffe-to-end-all-gaffes with the world.

Obviously the owner of the billboard, a cloth merchant named Chandrashekhar, is a little embarrassed.

“We will replace it with the correct picture of Mandela,” the merchant, who uses one name, told AFP by telephone from the state capital Chennai, adding that he did not know how the gaffe occurred.

This isn’t at the level of the fake signer at the Mandela memorial service, but it’s pretty bad. Get it together, people.

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[via Hindustan Times]
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