John Wayne’s Son Defends His Late Father As A New Scandal Taints His Legacy
Gone, but not forgotten.
That is usually what’s thought to honor a loved one or role model whenever they’ve passed. Considering recent scandals which have erupted regarding deceased actors, but the expression has taken on a significant new meaning
Even though a brand new documentary about Michael Jackson is becoming a great scandal of time with the newspapers, yet another scandal with a wild difference actor is starting to arise.
Orange County is home to the John Wayne Airport, called after the western actor that most people understand as”The Duke.” There has been a push to rename the airport, stripping Wayne of his honour, following a Playboy meeting from 1971 surfaced
In it the Oscar-winning actor made some unforgivable comments that have divided the state.
“I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility,” he said in the 47-year-old interview. “We can’t all of the sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks.”
In addition, he talked disparagingly on what he saw as the”perversion” of Hollywood with new movies about homosexuals such as Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy. He utilized a homosexual slur to describe these characters before referring to the advantages of sexual intercourse with girls.
As a celebrity of several Westerns, Wayne was also asked about Native Americans, who were frequently portrayed as stereotypes or cast as villains in his films.
“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them, if that’s what you’re asking,” he said. “Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival.” He said that Europeans needed new land and Native Americans were “selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”
Few people were amazed that Wayne had contentious views, but hearing them spoken so clearly out-in-the-open has resulted in new outrage.
His son Ethan, is attempting to protect his father’s heritage, while at exactly the exact same time admitting what he stated was dreadful.
“It would be an injustice to judge someone based on an interview that’s being used out of context,” he said to CNN. “They’re trying to contradict how he lived his life, and how he lived his life was who he was.” Ethan said his father only cared how well people did their job and didn’t judge based on race, gender or sexual orientation.
“He took everyone at face value.”
The elder Wayne had many distinctions throughout his 50-year career. He finally won his first Oscar with True Grit and also received a Congressional Gold Medal and a Medal of Freedom. He died after fighting stomach cancer in 1972.
“It’s recognition of a lifetime of significant contributions to this country his community and to his industry,” said Ethan.
The scandal erupted anew when Michael Hiltzik, a writer for the LA Times, wrote an op-ed reviving the interview and questioning if Wayne should still have an airport named after him.
Not everyone agrees with dredging up old controversies, even among progressives.
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
Twitter turned into a battleground for Wayne’s lovers and people standing up against bigotry. Nobody is likely to have changed their mind according to what was stated. What may change is the title of an airport and also the way casual film fans see the guy who was thought of as the”authentic” American.