WOW! I’m Not Making This UP, Indian billboard erected in honor of Nelson Mandela uses photo of Morgan Freeman

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

WOW! I’m Not Making This UP, Indian billboard erected in honor of Nelson Mandela uses photo of Morgan Freeman

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A little more than two weeks after the former South African President Nelson Mandela’s death, left, an Indian merchant erected a billboard in his honor, but used a photo of Morgan Freeman, right, instead.

According to nydailynews

A billboard erected in honor of Nelson Mandela in India mistakenly used a photo of actor Morgan Freeman instead.

The embarrassing gaffe in the southern city of Coimbatore apparently left its commissioner red-faced — and vowing to immediately have it fixed.

“We will replace it with the correct picture of Mandela,” the cloth merchant told AFP.

The man who identified himself only as Chandrashekhar said he privately paid for the board out of respect for the former South African leader but didn’t see it before it went up.

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Below Freeman’s smiling face were pictures of Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi, all of whom were correctly depicted in their photos.

The board additionally read: “We should be proud that we were part of an era when they lived.”

Though the slip-up was a big one, it wasn’t the first.

Just after Mandela’s death many Twitter users were seen memorializing the freedom fighter with photos of Freeman instead.

Freeman famously portrayed Mandela in the 2009 film “Invictus.”

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