Ethan Wayne says his father should not be judged solely on the 1971 interview he did with Playboy.
California’s John Wayne Airport in Orange County could be renamed as democratic politicians pass an emergency resolution due to the late actors racist beliefs
Orange County Democratic Party has filed a resolution to remove actor John Wayne’s name from the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, citing the late actor’s past “white supremacist, anti-LGBT, and anti-Indigenous views.”The officials passed an emergency resolution this week calling on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to drop Wayne’s name from the airport and rename it, simply, to Orange County Airport.The resolution was submitted by the Orange County Democratic Party chair Ada Briceño, along with Chapman University members Fred Smoller, associate professor of Political Science, and Dr. Michael A. Moodian, lecturer of leadership studies.Also Read: Florence Pugh Comes Clean About Her Past Instances of Cultural Appropriation“There have been past efforts to get this done and now we’re putting our name and our backing into this to make sure there is a name change,” Briceño told the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the news of the resolution.The proclamation is part of the larger movement sweeping the country in which citizens-led protests have called for the removal of Confederate statues, monuments and other namesake legacies, and in which businesses and Hollywood media companies have reassessed past racist content.The politicians specifically cite an interview Wayne gave to Playboy Magazine in 1971 where he was quoted as saying that he did “believe” in “white supremacy” and added that he did not “…feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves. Now, I’m not condoning slavery. It’s just a fact of life, like the kid who gets infantile paralysis and has to wear braces so he can’t play football with the rest of us.”Also Read: Alison Brie Regrets Voicing Vietnamese American 'BoJack Horseman' Character“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,” Wayne said in part in his 1971 interview. “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.”Wayne also said in the interview that he did not feel remorse for Native Americans losing their land at the hand of white colonists.“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them, if that’s what you’re asking. Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves,” he said in the interview. “Look, I’m sure there have been inequalities. If those inequalities are presently affecting any of the Indians now alive, they have a right to a court hearing. But what happened 100 years ago in our country can’t be blamed on us today.”Also Read: Bill Maher Says White People Should Go Easy on Other White People 'Whose Heart Is in The Right Place' About BLMHe also called movies like “Easy Rider” and “Midnight Cowboy” as perverted.“Wouldn’t you say that the wonderful love of those two men in ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ a story about two f—, 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.”The resolution cites a recent survey of Orange County residents saying that “79% of respondents see the county’s increasing ethnic diversity as a source of great strength.”Two of the authors of the resolution, Moodian and Smoller, wrote an op-ed earlier this week calling for the removal of the statue of Wayne that resides at the airport and called for the name to be changed, and a separate petition on Change.org calling for the name change has received over 700 signatures at time of writing.“The Duke does not represent who we are or who we wish to be. With each passing year, the name and statue become increasingly anachronistic,” they wrote, calling Wayne by his nickname. “Ask yourself: If we named the airport today, is this the symbol we’d pick to represent our diverse, cosmopolitan community?”Wayne lived a good chunk of his life in the Orange County region. The airport was renamed after him in 1979.Read original story John Wayne Airport Should Be Renamed Over Actor’s Racist Statements, Orange County Politicians Say At TheWrap
Stuart Whitman, a star of Westerns alongside John Wayne like “The Comancheros” and the war movie “The Longest Day,” died in his home Monday, his son told TMZ. Whitman was 92.“Old Hollywood lost another one of its true stars. Stuart Whitman was known for his rugged roles and handsome charm. We were proud of him for his TV, film roles and his Oscar nomination, but what we will really remember is his exuberant love of his family and friends,” Whitman’s son Justin told TMZ.TMZ says that Whitman had recently been in and out of the hospital due to skin cancer that seeped into his bloodstream.Also Read: Max von Sydow, 'The Exorcist' and 'Seventh Seal' Star, Dies at 90Though Whitman played across many genres, he was nominated for an Oscar for the 1961 drama “The Mark,” in which he played a man convicted of attempting to commit child molestation who has just been released from prison and is trying to reform.Born in San Francisco, Whitman got his start in TV Westerns in the early 1950s after serving a stint in the military in the U.S. Army. He served three years in the Corps of Engineers at Fort Lewis, Washington and was honorably discharged in 1948.After a stint on the series “Highway Patrol” in the late ’50s, he got his big break in the 1959 film “The Sound and the Fury” alongside Yul Brynner and with director Martin Ritt. He’d then twice star opposite Wayne in both “The Comancheros” and “The Longest Day” and moved into starring roles in films like “The Day and the Hour,” “Those Magnificent Men” and “Signpost to Murder” in the mid-’60s.Also Read: Ben Cooper, Western Star of 'Johnny Guitar' and 'Bonanza,' Dies at 86One of Whitman’s most well known roles was in the short-lived ’60s TV series “Cimarron Strip,” where he played the tough, but fair Marshal Jim Crown. The show lasted just one season but solidified his reputation as a star of the Western genre. He’d later make cameos on “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Knight Rider” and “Fantasy Island.”Whitman’s last on-screen role was the 2000 TV action movie “The President’s Man,” where he reunited with Chuck Norris.Read original story Stuart Whitman, Star of ‘The Comancheros’ and ‘The Longest Day,’ Dies at 92 At TheWrap
The University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts is considering the future of its permanent John Wayne exhibit after protests from students.