Esquire’s interview with Clint Eastwood and his son Scott took a surprising turn when the actor got onto the topic of Donald Trump.
Eastwood, 86, defended Trump’s behavior and statements made throughout his political campaign, bashing the new generation of political correctness.
“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 pussy 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.”
Social media reaction: what else wasn’t racist in Eastwood’s generation?
Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, took to Twitter (along with many others) to compile a list of other things that weren’t considered racist in 1930 — the year Eastwood was born.
5) opposition to federal anti-lynching laws.— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) August 4, 2016
7) membership in the Klan— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) August 4, 2016
8) forbidding people of color from entire professions— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) August 4, 2016
10) forbidding black people from talking to white people— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) August 4, 2016
“What Trump is onto is he’s just saying what’s on his mind. And sometimes it’s not so good. And sometimes it’s … I mean, I can understand where he’s coming from, but I don’t always agree with it.”
But everybody—the press and everybody’s going, “Oh, well, that’s racist,” and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just f***ing get over it. It’s a sad time in history.
Not the first time Clint Eastwood got people talking
In 2012, Eastwood made headlines for a speech at the Republican National Convention where he addressed questions to Obama by speaking to an empty chair.