Should we be surprised by John Wayne's racist and homophobic views? | Caspar Salmon


The online commentary about a Playboy interview unearthed from 1971 shows a lack of education about the western actor, his times and even American history

I wonder when people will get tired of looking for reasons to pretend to be angry. "Oh, someone 40 years ago had views that we generally don't accept today!" Boo hoo. Just wait until people start reading about ideologies from the 19th century … then the 18th century … then the 17th. Hell, let's look at just how much flagrant racism and hatred there is in every religious text ever.

People evolve. Let's learn from the past and vow to be better. Holding someone long dead to the same standard as someone alive today is fucking dumb.