What did Clint Eastwood Really Mean in Comments about Donald Trump, Race, Politcal Correctness, and the 'Pussy Generation?'

Aug 19, 2016

Clint Eastwood has caused a stir with some political comments made regarding Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, race, political correctness, and what he dubbed as the 'pussy generation.' Unfortunately, much of it has been misconstrued. Some by news sources and some of it predictably through the usual social media mobs. But what was Eastwood actually trying to convey?

Context is everything, especially when someone gives short answers. It is so easy to twist someone's words around. Ironically Eastwood spoke strongly against political correctness, yet the tactics often used by some to distort what he was saying are right out of the PC playbook. Even from his very short remarks, Eastwood is being credited with everything from a Trump endorsement to calling him racist. But is this what he said? Not quite. For those who want the truth, the interview is there for all to see.

Eastwood raised concerns that Donald Trump stepped over the line with the Khan family, but saw the family as being exploited by the Democratic party. He spoke of how they put a grieving family on display for political gain. In a TMZ exclusive Clint Eastwood said regarding exploitation that "...you shouldn't take advantage of some poor slob." But those angry that he is somehow supporting Donald Trump are even wrong on that since he said in his interview, "I haven't endorsed anybody."

Eastwood is clearly against political correctness. This is where he was most taken out of context and his comments distored. Eastwood said, "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." Some managed to derive from this that Eastwood was somehow supporting racism. Ironically, many of the comments against Clint Eastwood could have easily been interpreted much more harshly than his comments reasonably could ever be.

One of the problems with the criticism that Eastwood has received is that these were very short questions and answers. In additon, Mr. Eastwood had prefaced some of it by saying, "I don't know. I know nothing about it." When someone precedes an answer to a question with that you have to understand it is not intended as a supremely informed and well thought out opinion. It is simply answering someone's question based on the limited information they have and/or limited analysis done by the person answering.

Unfortunately many people have taken Clint Eastwood's comments out of context and even posted sentences and paragraphs out of order. That is the world we live in today. You anger a small percentage of social media users and the person in question is said to have "created a firestorm" with their comments. It has become a predictable tool used by some in the media to trash someone they disagree with. If you really want to know the truth you have to research. Don't buy the headlines. In most cases the actual quotes from the out of context quotes and summaries you hear today are fully available in context, often on video. When you start doing your own research based on the facts you will see the media and the world in a whole new light.