Social Justice Warriors Can't Handle Magazine Interview...From 1971
Nearly forty years after his death, the Duke sparked fierce criticism among liberals over now racist and homophobic comments made in a Playboy interview in 1971.
Wayne's comments about race were infamous at the time. However, we feel obliged to note that John Wayne was born in 1907. Accepted opinions from members of his generation that permeated society at the time would be considered abhorrent today.
Two excerpts that garnered the most attention included:
PLAYBOY: What kind of films do you consider perverted?
WAYNE: Oh, Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy—that kind of thing. Wouldn't you say that the wonderful love of those two men in Midnight Cowboy, a story about two fags, qualifies? But don't get me wrong. As far as a man and a woman is concerned, I'm awfully happy there's a thing called sex. It's an extra something God gave us. I see no reason why it shouldn't be in pictures. Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful.
PLAYBOY: Angela Davis claims that those who would revoke her teaching credentials on ideological grounds are actually discriminating against her because she's black. Do you think there's any truth in that?
WAYNE: With a lot of blacks, there's quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can't all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.
Here are some of the political Left's reactions:
Jesus fuck, John Wayne was a straight up piece of shit— Matt Williams (@pixelpreaching) February 18, 2019
(Playboy interview, May 1971) pic.twitter.com/okfG1iZb0U
“If it’s supposed to be a black character, naturally I use a black actor” was as “woke” as John Wayne got, I guess. https://t.co/4cDjs886gr— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 19, 2019
Many people knew John Wayne was a horrible person before yesterday's reemergence of that one interview. Many people DID NOT. Not everyone has the same access to information along the same timeline. So... your "ugh, didn't everyone already know this?" takes feel pointlessly snide?— Gennifer Hutchison (@GennHutchison) February 19, 2019
You guys don’t need to go back to John Wayne to find racist homophobes - maybe we should focus on the alive ones?— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) February 20, 2019
Other reactions varied:
John Wayne should run for Governor of Virginia.— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) February 20, 2019
John Wayne was only emboldened to say these terrible things because Donald Trump is president.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 19, 2019
Is John Wayne seriously trending on Twitter because some rando rediscovered the 1971 Playboy interview? It's infamous! It's one of the most talked about celebrity interviews in history! How do you "rediscover" it? It's like "rediscovering" the John Lennon Playboy interview.— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) February 19, 2019
After John Wayne, who do you think the next dead celebrity is going to be dredged up from the archives of history to be #canceled over a problematic interview? Let's hear 'em.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 20, 2019
The definition of privilege is having so much free time and money—you can spend your day online bitching about a John Wayne interview from 1971.— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) February 19, 2019