DATELINE: Too Late for Words!
Duck, Dodge, and Hide, Duke!
Fifty years after John Wayne gave an interview to Playboy, it has been re-discovered and has become an interesting, revisionist historical document that berates black people, Native Americans, and gays.
Wayne was home on the range but would be shocked by today’s brave new world. He would have punched Trump in the nose for suggesting America is no longer great.
Actors have never been known for their giant brains. You have only to look at stories about Jussie Smollett to learn that hard lesson.
So, it is not surprising that an interview given by Duke Wayne in 1971 is rife with frightful prejudice against black people and Native Americans. You should add women to the list.
Wayne played an array of Union soldiers and military heroes often in defense of America, popular ideas in his movies. He was in real life only one step to the left of J. Edgar Hoover and not much removed from a political Know-Nothing.
If you put his statue in front of a Confederate stronghold, the rebels would have ripped it down.
John Wayne refused to work with “liberal” Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood on a movie.
Well, the shocks mount up like Wayne on a charging steed with the reins in his teeth and six-shooters firing at will.
Young anti-Vietnam war Americans of the “hippie era” hated John Wayne for his backward view of politics. He was right up there with Bob Hope as a supporter of war in its many forms.
Now that generation of youth, regarded as wayward and drug-addled, is older than Wayne when he gave his notorious interview of 1971.
Back in the 1970s, liberals laughed at Wayne and threw snowballs at him when he was in a Cambridge parade and received the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year at Harvard.
He also went on TV to guest star on Maude, Bea Arthur’s liberal bastion series. She promised a shootout with Wayne at High Noon.
Of course, Maude was a half-baked hypocrite and she melted when John Wayne told her he never discussed politics with a woman. They ended up in a waltz.
The problem that faces the old Bernie Saunders liberal types who are pushing 80 (and soon to be pushing up daisies) has more to do with an old Bette Davis quote.
She said of her hated rival Joan Crawford: “They don’t change just because they’re dead.”
People should remember that Davis was only partly correct. She should have said: “You can’t change your mind once you’re dead.”