This is probably Clint Eastwood’s most troubling moment since he talked to that empty chair four years ago.
Eastwood’s interview with Esquire came out yesterday and in it, the 86-year-old actor-director-producer offered up some pretty upsetting quotes about Republican nominee Donald Trump. Never one to shy away from stating his opinion, Trump has notoriously said dozens of ridiculous and racist things while on his campaign trail. Not surprisingly, Eastwood has now defended Trump.
“ESQ: Your characters have become touchstones in the culture, whether it’s Reagan invoking “Make my day” or now Trump … I swear he’s even practiced your scowl.
CE: Maybe. But he’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a p—ssy 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. And then when I did Gran Torino, even my associate said, ’This is a really good script, but it’s politically incorrect.’ And I said, ’Good. Let me read it tonight.’ The next morning, I came in and I threw it on his desk and I said, ’We’re starting this immediately.'”
There’s no denying that racial tensions in America have increased dramatically over the past few years, but our generation is in a teething stage. We’re learning how to be more accepting of one another in relation to race, sexuality, gender identity and more. To call us “kiss-ass” and “p—ssy” is both sexist and uninformed.
“What Trump is onto is he’s just saying what’s on his mind. And sometimes it’s not so good,” Eastwood continued. “I mean, I can understand where he’s coming from, but I don’t always agree with it.” He added that he hasn’t officially endorsed anybody and admitted that Trump has “said a lot of dumb things.” But, as Eastwood’s statements might suggest, this is somehow the media’s fault, and not Trump’s: “Everybody—the press and everybody’s going, ’Oh, well, that’s racist,’ and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just f—king get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
To Eastwood’s point, it is a sad time in history. Innocent Black men and women are being killed, women still don’t make as much as men do and elderly white men are continuing to spew nonsense. White privilege, man. That’s one thing this “kiss-ass” generation won’t stand for.
Watch as Hillary Clinton supporters try really hard to say one nice thing about Donald Trump.