Twitter users were shocked after a 1971 Playboy interview with John Wayne resurfaced that was laden with racist and homosexual hate speech.
In the interview it’s clear that John Wayne expressed views that were racist, he believed that African Americans were “uneducated” and “irresponsible” and that they shouldn’t attend college because they weren’t “equipped scholastically.” “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility,” Wayne stated. The actor also spoke on Indians, who were often a part of his Western movies, “I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them…There were great numbers of people who needed new land and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.” John Wayne also says he didn’t support films such as Midnight Cowboy and Easy Rider and considered them to be “perverted.”
Patton Oswalt took to Twitter to condemn Wayne’s views tweeting, ‘If it’s supposed to be a black actor, naturally I use a black actor’ was as ‘woke’ as John Wayne got, I guess.” John Wayne’s interview was written in 1971, has society advanced from this way of thinking in your opinion?
Under fire. John Wayne made many controversial comments during a 1971 interview with Playboy. https://t.co/6sIMFwgf10— Us Weekly (@usweekly) February 19, 2019