What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments.
The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee and John Birch Society.
Known as "Duke," a nickname he picked up as a boy in Glendale, California, Wayne grew into the star of movies including "The Alamo," ''The Green Berets" and "True Grit," for which he won an Academy Award, while portraying the gruff, rugged cowboys and brave soldiers who were his stock in trade.
Republican State Assemblyman Matthew Harper of Huntington Beach sought to declare May 26, 2016, as John Wayne Day to mark the day the actor was born.
Well, what else can you expect from California, land of fruits and nuts and the worst gravy in the world.
JOHN WAYNE! are you kidding me!? Just goes to show how screwed up progressive liberal communism, political correctness and common core really are! Humans, (if you want to call them that) who support this crap, should be treated like a cancer, and cut it out! This kind of crap will continue, till we tell these scumbags they have 3 alternatives! America; Love it! Leave it! or Die!
JOHN WAYNE! Are you kidding me!!? This just shows how screwed up progressive liberal communism, common core, and political correctness really are! These idiots should be treated like a cancer; cut it out! This will continue unless we stop it! We should give them three alternatives! America; Love it! Leave it! or Die!
The California wackos need to prove it, everybody loves Wayne even 37 years after his death,his movies are popular all over the Middle East,so get over it California, John is an American hero, just like the statues of Generals from the Civil War,it's history and they are dead and can't defend themselves,but all the left wing nuts are trying to tear them down, the statues belong to every American not just the whiners and we all have a right to keep them if we want.it's called freedom!!.
The assholes win again, Vote Trump to save our country.
This is horrid. Expect it from CA. They are alone in their feeling on this.
John Wayne worked VERY hard to entertain America. (Acting is HARD WORK!) He spoke MANY words both ON screen and OFF. I see nothing racist or otherwise derogatory in the words that go with the picture. If YOU do, you're working too hard at it!
It's time to do away with Martin Luther King Day
These filthy animals should be sent to some 3rd world crap hole ---John Wayne was a great American
I'd like to know what's racist about someone saying they love their country. Aren't we suppose to love and respect our country and our flag that represents it? I don't understand the bent reasoning some people have these days. They think everything that comes out of peoples mouths is racist. They're wearing that word out! I'm really sick of hearing and reading it.
Denegrating worthy patriotic folks who are also caucasian, sure seems a slam-dunk for cultutral marxists, huh?
no surprise. in californication an illegal alien can kill an American and be protected and a man can use the same showers and rest rooms as high school girls.