John Wayne, Left's War on Statues, Leftist Intolerance, USC
Oregon Live reports that John Wayne has become the Left’s latest target, and at his alma mater no less!
John Wayne has been a hero at the University of Southern California for decades. But some students at the private Los Angeles school, the late movie starâ€™s alma mater, now view him as a villain.
A group of USC students are demanding the removal of a long-time Wayne memorabilia exhibit at the universityâ€™s acclaimed film school. The reason the activists give, reports the student newspaper: the actorâ€™s â€œlegacy of endorsing white supremacy and the removal of indigenous people.â€
This harsh interpretation of the iconic star chiefly comes from a 1971 interview Wayne gave to Playboy magazine. Quotes from the article, some of them chopped of their context, made the rounds on social media earlier this year, prompting articles in the Washington Post and other news outlets.
â€œSince the reemergence of [the Playboy interview] I have felt viscerally uncomfortable [with the exhibit] because of the promotion and glorification of a noted white supremacist and racist,â€ film student Reanna Cruz told the Daily Trojan.
Wayne, 63 years old in 1971 and a dedicated anti-communist who backed the Vietnam War, expressed views that were relatively common at the time, when the U.S. was in the midst of unprecedented cultural upheaval. …
Wayne attended USC in the late 1920s — he was then still known by his birth name, Marion Morrison — and played football for legendary coach Howard Jones, who helped him get work at Twentieth Century Fox as a set builder and extra.
The Daily Trojan found that student views on Wayne are mixed these days, with some calling for his nameâ€™s scrubbing from the campus and others saying he still should be a beloved star. â€œI think there are many positive elements of John Wayne,â€ one student said.
USCâ€™s administration appears to be coming down on the side of the student protesters. Film school assistant dean Evan Hughes said Wednesday at a campus discussion that the school would decide by the end of the year whether to take down the Wayne exhibit.
â€œThis has been an issue that [USCâ€™s Council for Diversity and Inclusion] has debated over a long period of time,â€ Hughes said. â€œAt the end of last semester, we were trying to figure out different options for paths to move forward with this particular exhibit because not only students, but faculty that have walked by the exhibit, said that we donâ€™t think this accurately represents film history as it should probably be represented