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Hollywood royalty, and tough-as-nails badass Clint Eastwood pretty much hit the nail on the head with his recent statement on the current political scenario in the US. The man known for asking punks if they feel lucky sat down for an interview with Esquire recently, where he talked about is upcoming film “Sully” his career and…that’s right, the latest political situation in America.
Eastwood made waves during his speech at the RNC back in 2012, when he seemingly, gave a piece of his mind to an invisible Obama who sitting on a chair. The aged actor / director (86) seemed a bit frustrated by the recent state of affairs in politics in the country, and mainly the current political discourse that’s been the same contradictory talk filled with hollow promises we’ve heard before.
“I’d say get to work and start being more understanding of everybody—instead of calling everybody names, start being more understanding. But get in there and get it done. Kick … and take names.” said the seemingly disgruntled Eastwood.
Eastwood seemed to take great offence to what he perceives as the “softening” of America in politics, and American culture as a whole. Eastwood went on to say that while he didn’t always agree with what Trump was saying, he did think Trump is on to something.
Eastwood had a lot to say about the current generation too, “That’s the kiss-… generation we’re in right now. … Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff,” Eastwood said. “When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist. He’s said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody — the press and everybody’s going, ‘Oh, well, that’s racist,’ and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just … get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
Eastwood didn’t have any kind words to say about the frontrunner for the Democrats Hillary Clinton either saying it would be a tough voice to listen to for four years. Ouchi! While the legend stopped short of endorsing Trump, he did say that he agreed with the spirit behind Trump’s message, which is to make American great again.
While many of the liberals have dismissed the claims that American has indeed gotten soft, but according to a Pew research over 59% of Americans say that people living in the US nowadays are too easily offended. The Pew research pointed out that people in the US need to be more careful with the words they use in order to avoid offending members of other communities. This also included 39% of Clinton backers, which only goes to show that the tough-as-nails cowboy may be on to something that Trump’s already on to.
According to reports, there are a lot of people who are mad after Clint Eastwood’s support for Trump’s racist remarks. But, while Eastwood cannot be compared to a paragon of racial equality, to be fair, we humans are complex creatures, and Clint Eastwood is no exception. To those who think that Eastwood is in fact racist, let me point out that the actor has been by far one of the most racially sensitive members of the Hollywood film fraternity, he’s acted with African American performers, has casted African Americans in his Oscar winning films, and directed the movie, Gran Torino. Now, why would a racist direct a movie like that?