Larry David is famous for his involvement in the Seinfeld show and for his portrayal of Bernie Sanders on SNL in the 2016 election. He just learned some shocking news about his family’s past.
Larry David discovers he had slave-owning Confederate ancestors in Alabama
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor/comedian Larry David said he was taken aback by discovering ancestors who owned slaves in antebellum Alabama, according to a story by USA Today.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. — the Harvard professor and host of PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” — said he’s been trying to get David on his show for years, and he’ll finally appear on tonight’s season premier. The show traces the ancestral roots of celebrities.
Those roots had more than one interesting surprise for David.
"I was shocked. I was completely blown away." – Larry David receives surprising news about his ancestry on the season premiere of #FindingYourRoots on 10/03 @ 8/7c on @PBS! Read more via @USATODAY: https://t.co/WUaSg3iP6H
— Henry Louis Gates Jr (@HenryLouisGates) September 27, 2017
An arm of his family apparently settled in what is now the Birmingham area, according to a story by The Associated Press, during the 1840s. His great-grandfather owned two slaves and fought for the Confederacy.
You can’t control or change what your ancestors did. Will Larry’s liberal Hollywood friends understand that?