Academy Award winning director and Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood has some very strong feelings about the current political landscape — particularly the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, whom he stopped short of endorsing but praised lengthily during a recent interview.
Declaring his hatred for “the kiss-a** generation we’re in right now,” the actor criticized political discourse in the United State for being overly sensitive. He also denounced political correctness by using the classic “back in my day” trope to prove his point.
“But (Trump) is onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up,” the 86-year-old told Esquire. “That’s the kiss-a** generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a p***** 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.”
Just a reminder: When Eastwood was growing up, schools used to be racially segregated and Japanese internment camps were a reality. It is not entirely surprising that Trump’s racist rhetoric does not bother him as much as it does everyone else.
Clint Eastwood was born in 1930. Let's start a list of things that weren't considered racist when he was growing up. pic.twitter.com/xuySp45dZv— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) August 4, 2016
“What Trump is onto is he's just saying what's on his mind,” the “Gran Torino” star explained. “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.”
Eastwood, who once served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, said he would prefer the former reality TV star over the former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton — because she's “gonna follow in Obama's footsteps.”
“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," Eastwood continued, referring to Trump’s incendiary remarks. “But everybody — the press and everybody's going, 'Oh, 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.”
It is a sad time, indeed.
Clint Eastwood continued. “When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist”.— Jesse LaGreca (@JesseLaGreca) August 4, 2016
Clint is 86. When he grew up schools were still segregated
Eastwood, one of the few Republicans in the exceedingly liberal Hollywood, is politically famous for his 2012 Republican National Convention speech where he yelled at an empty chair, imagining President Obama.
I think I preferred Clint Eastwood when he was talking to a chair.— David Squires (@squires_david) August 4, 2016
Twitterati had a lot of mixed feelings about the infuriating interview:
*sees Clint Eastwood is trending*— Awkward Deviant (@ShutUpJustine) August 4, 2016
Oh no, did Eastwood die?
Oh no, just still racist
Clint Eastwood looks like a hot dog that's been sitting on the same 7-11 roller for decades— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) August 4, 2016
Clint Eastwood seems like he's doing great. pic.twitter.com/QRpNylayV1— Maggie Serota (@maggieserota) August 4, 2016
Clint Eastwood thinks he already solved racism with Gran Torino.— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 4, 2016
You guys, no joke, Clint Eastwood's butchery of Jersey Boys alone was reason enough to put him on an ice floe.— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 4, 2016
Stop being shocked at Clint Eastwood. You act like you never saw an 80 year old man talking to his stool.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 4, 2016
Someone needs to tell Clint Eastwood that we see people accusing people of being racists because they are being racists. The end.— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) August 4, 2016
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