Friday, August 05, 2016

Clint Eastwood's Rage and Profanity Unacceptable in Polite Company

Clint Eastwood’s Rage and Profanity Unacceptable in Polite Company

by Stephen Lendman

He gained notoriety from spaghetti westerns and Dirty Harry films - senseless gunslinging violence their distinctive features, symbolic of how America operates.

Age hasn’t mellowed Eastwood. Now 86, his rage hasn’t diminished, outspoken to a fault, a legend in his own mind, instead of going quietly and gently into that good night, resting on his dubious laurels.

Gratuitous profanity alone exposes a character flaw. Interviewed by Esquire magazine, he commented on Trump. 

I deplore repeating his foul language, but here’s what he said, claiming Trump “is on to something, because secretly everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up.” 

“That's the kiss-ass generation we're in right now. We're really in a pussy generation. Everybody's walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren't called racist.”

Ah, the good old days of rampant racism, homophobia and endless wars. Things haven’t changed much, have they - other than going from bad to worse.

Asked what he meant by the “pussy generation,” he said “(a)ll these people that say, ‘(o)h, you can’t do that, and you can’t do this, and you can’t say that.’ I guess it’s just the times.”

“Trump is on to…just saying what’s on his mind. And sometimes it's not so good. And sometimes it’s…I mean, I can understand where he's coming from, but I don't always agree with it.”

“I haven't endorsed anybody. I haven't talked to Trump. I haven't talked to anybody. You know, he's a racist now because he's talked about this judge.” 

“And yeah, it's a dumb thing to say. I mean, to predicate your opinion on the fact that the guy was born to Mexican parents or something.” 

“He's said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody - the press and everybody's going, ‘(o)h, well, that's racist,’ and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just f…ing get over it. It's a sad time in history.”

His last comment is truer than he knows, the opposite of what he meant. Asked what he’d write in a stump speech, he said “(k)nock it off. Knock everything off…Everybody is boring everybody. It’s boring to listen to all this s..t.”

That’s what dirty duopoly politicking is all about - meaningless lofty rhetoric, empty promises made to be broken.

Asked what he thinks of Hillary, he said “I’d have to go for Trump” because she “declared that (she’ll) follow in Obama’s footsteps.”

That’s the least of what she’ll do. Given her deplorable record, she likely has far greater horrors in mind.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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