Social Justice Warriors Can't Handle Magazine Interview...From 1971

  • 2019-02-20
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Social Justice Warriors Can't Handle Magazine Interview...From 1971
John Wayne was a top box office draw for three decades before dying of stomach cancer in 1979 at the age of 72. 

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:
Other reactions varied:
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