Plans to declare 26 May as John Wayne Day in California have been rejected over racist comments the actor made when he was alive.
The Oscar-winner made his name playing tough cowboys and heroic soldiers in films including The Alamo, True Grit and The Green Berets.
But in a State Assembly vote several legislators objected to having a day commemorating his birthday due to his "disturbing views towards race".
The resolution was lost by 35-20 votes. (...)
Well, well. I won't address the reason given for rejecting this laughable idea.
Rather, I'll point out that the real John Wayne was an actor, who did nothing in his life to live up to the figures he played.
Instead, for example, though of draft age -- like Ronald Reagan -- he hid from WWII in Hollywood, as did Reagan. The biggest personal risk either ever took was a late lunch on the set.
Ronald Reagan was far enough out of touch with reality while president that he appeared to believe Wayne had actually fought his way ashore on D-Day.
Ain't it pathetic?
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