Some days I really hate Leftists. Then other days I really, really hate them. These days they are making it harder and harder to see any “good” in them and dismiss their silliness as ignorance.
Forty years after his death, John Wayne’s views on race and homosexuality have suddenly sparked a firestorm of tweets from users who believe his comments are somehow representative of America as a whole in the Trump era.
After a viral tweet began to circulate over the weekend, highlighting portions of a famous 1971 Playboy interview, the phrase “John Wayne” was trending on the platform by Tuesday evening as users found their feeds flooded with both outrage and confusion at the new-found relevancy of the interview.
The tweet highlighted particularly jarring portions of the interview, such as Wayne’s belief that films portraying homosexuality were “perverted,” and statements asserting that “blacks” were uneducated and therefore lacked adequate “responsibility” for leadership positions. (RELATED: Twitter Responds To Complaints About Reza Aslan’s ‘Punchable Face’ Tweet)
Pia Glenn, an actress who played Condoleezza Rice in Will Ferrell’s 2009 political comedy “You’re Welcome America,” asserted that there exist “direct lines” between Wayne’s language “and the country today.”
“I love the tweets explaining how John Wayne was born in the early 1900’s so we shouldn’t be horrified,” journalist Elon James White wrote. “Ya gotta pick one. Are we trying to go back to those times or were those times terrible? Ya can’t make America great again while making excuses about how shitty it was.”
Others pointed out that comments made almost 50 years ago by someone born 112 years ago are bound to be outdated.
“I am shocked that John Wayne, who was born in 1907 (!) made some un-progressive remarks in 1971. Just shocked. This is me being shocked,” Reason Magazine editor Robby Soave joked.
These calls to denounce Wayne come just weeks after Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign amid evidence that he appeared in a photo containing both blackface and KKK garb only 32 years ago.
Thanks to the viewpoint-bias by Twitter and Facebook when it comes to their moderation rules, you can’t express yourself freely unless you are a Leftist. If you are a Trump supporter you have to be extremely careful with what you say or you can quickly find yourself suspended or banned. It’s frustrating, but then again I doubt that I could fully express what I feel right now with anything less than a Louisville Slugger.
I’ll try to stay calm and use my words and my “indoor” voice.
How do you kill a culture? You do it by attacking its inconography. You burn their flags and smear their heroes. You rob them of their symbols
The Left wants to destroy America. Literally.
Not the land, the culture.
America has no greater iconic image than John Wayne.
I know he wasn’t really a cowboy or a Marine. He was an actor. John Wayne wasn’t even his real name.When WWII came along he didn’t go fight, he made movies. So what? The importance of a symbol isn’t what it is, it is what it represents. John Wayne represents rugged individualism, strength, and freedom. He personified the lone hero of Western Civilization.
John Wayne is anathema to global socialism. They’re all about submission to authority (theirs) and dependence on government. Not to mention that they kinda need to change the subject right now.
Did you know that in the original script for John Wayne’s last movie (The Shootist) his character (J.B. Books) was supposed to shoot a bad guy in the back? Wayne insisted that they change the script to that the guy was facing him when he got shot because John Wayne only played good guys and good guys never shoot someone in the back.
John Wayne was not a racist. If you read the whole interview you will see that he supported civil rights but thought that black people needed to take responsibility for improving their own lives. His views were quite liberal in comparison to many others of that same era, like George Wallace.
As for his views on homosexuality, in 1971 the American Psychiatric Association considered homosexuality to be a mental disorder. and all 50 states considered gay sex (sodomy) to be a crime. John Wayne died in 1979 and didn’t get the benefit of 40 additional years of social evolution like the rest of us. Nor can he defend himself now.
I will only point out that the interview was published in 1971 and it did not cause a controversy back then.
As for this halfwitted assertion:
“Ya gotta pick one. Are we trying to go back to those times or were those times terrible? Ya can’t make America great again while making excuses about how shitty it was.”
I would reply that it is possible to be great and not perfect. Part and parcel to American greatness is that as we rose up from non-existence to become a superpower of previously unimaginable wealth and accomplishment, we changed ourselves and the world. We didn’t invent slavery, but we put an end to it.
When we saw that we weren’t always living up to our own lofty ideals and standards, we didn’t lower our ideals and standards, we raised our level of performance. We extended the right to vote to women and minorities not because they forced us to do it or because we needed their votes, we did it because it was the right thing to do.
When we realized that racism was wholly incompatible with our ideals of liberty and equality, we set about purging it from our society. We were so successful at eliminating racism and making racists into pariahs (without actually outlawing racist ideas) the Left has such a hard time finding examples of racial bigotry that they have had to keep redefining racism to include things like “microaggressions” and “privilege.” And despite their claims that America is a racist country their primary evidence turns out more often than not to be a hoax.
And since the most recent racial hate crime hoax blew up in their faces they are pushing this bullshit in hopes of changing the subject.
Defaming the dead is patently unfair. And that is exactly what Leftists want – an unfair fight. (Apparently living people aren’t as easy to silence.)