The perpetually inflamed left isn’t content to oversee the defacing and toppling of statues of Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant off their pedestals. They were just getting revved up. Now they’re coming for Marion Morrison. Marion was a movie star, but if you’re envisioning a platinum haired hot babe in a strapless gown, you’d be disappointed.
Marion was definitely a cinematic icon, but was nicknamed “Duke” and was known on screen as John Wayne. He personified the wild west in countless movies. A proud Republican, Wayne, who died in 1970, was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980, by Democrat President Jimmy Carter and in 1998 he received the Naval Heritage Award by the US Navy Memorial Foundation for his support of the Navy and military during his film career. In 1999, the American Film Institute honored the Oscar-winning Wayne as among the Greatest Male Screen Legends of Classic Hollywood cinema. There are schools, ongoing events, a 100-mile trail named the “John Wayne Pioneer Trail” in Washington’s Iron Horse State Park, a marina and major roadways that carry his name to this day. A larger than life-size bronze statue of Wayne atop a horse was erected at the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills commissioned by a bank. John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, California, has a nine-foot bronze statue of him at the entrance.
Now decades after his death, the University of Southern California will no longer honor John Wayne, who attended pre-law classes and played football there before embarking on his film career.
As New American writes:
The memory of the Oscar-winning star must be erased, the school says, because Wayne uttered now-unacceptable sentiments in an interview with Playboy magazine nearly 50 years ago.
The result is the Wayne exhibit at the university’s cinema school will be removed.
The Hate-Wayne movement began last year when the interview popped on Twitter, and has gained steam since the death of George Floyd, which in turn prompted leftists in Orange County to launch a drive to remove his name and statue from the county’s airport.
This announcement came from Evan Hughes, Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Have no doubt Janet Napolitano had a hand in this. The extreme leftist former Arizona governor, who left her post midterm to join the Obama administration, is the president of the University of California system, overseeing all 10 campuses. This will be her coup de grâce before she steps down in two weeks.
In the city of Maricopa, Arizona, part of Arizona State Route 347 is named John Wayne Parkway, which runs through the center of town. There is now an effort to rename that stretch of road.
A multi-day event of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation benefiting the American Cancer Society takes place each fall in Casa Grande, Arizona where John Wayne owned a ranch. The disease took Wayne’s life.
As to allegations of John Wayne’s racism, the fact that the three-time married Wayne’s wives were all of Mexican heritage lays that to rest. He was the father of seven children.