In August 2016, during an interview with Esquire magazine, iconic actor, motion picture director, and composer Clint Eastwood said of Donald Trump:
“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.”
When asked to elaborate about what he calls the “pussy generation,” Eastwood replied:
“All these people that say, ‘Oh, you can’t do that, and you can’t do this, and you can’t say that.’ I guess it’s just the times.”
Clint then went on to remark:
“You know, he’s a racist now because he’s talked about this judge. And yeah, it’s a dumb thing to say. I mean, to predicate your opinion on the fact that the guy was born to Mexican parents or something. He’s said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody—the press and everybody’s going, ‘Oh, well, that’s racist,’ and they’re making a big hoodoo out of it. Just fucking get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”
It’s very telling, however, that Donald Trump would take prejudicial jabs at a judge who is presiding over more than one lawsuit alleging that he defrauded the so-called Trump University clients out of thousands upon thousands of dollars. This raises the question: would Donald Trump have brought race into it if the judge was of German and Scottish heritage like himself?
Also, does Clint Eastwood really believe that a generation that is coming to stand against being reductive toward people simply for things over which they have no control such as their sex, gender identity, skin color, other distinguishing ethnic features, sexual orientation, &c. is a “pussy generation”? Is it not brave to object to the prejudicial disparagement of people? Is it a cowardly act to not only treat a woman with respect but stand up for her when she is being disrespected? Suppose a person makes a dynamic decision not to be racist and becomes comfortable with that frame of mind and because he or she opts to live free of prejudice, he or she has one less reason to live life constantly on the defensive. In that case, is he or she actually “walking on eggshells”? If racism, in and of itself an affront to logic, ethics and basic etiquette, triggers all manner of ugly memories and easily escalates to violence, should it be treated as though it’s not a big deal?
Is the discussion about what people can and cannot do, or is it actually more about what people should and should not do? If cause carries effect, choices ought to carry consequences, no?
Moreover, in light of the recent proof that Donald Trump has committed numerous acts of sexual harassment and sexual assault and the horrified reactions thereto: is the issue here political correctness or a woman’s safety? Is it a sad time in history because “everybody’s walking on eggshells” or is it a sad time in history because in 2016, a woman still has a justifiable concern that she may become the target of sexual assault?