Duke It Out: Twitter Diverts Attention from Smollet to Old John Wayne Interview

NewsBusters | 2/19/2019 | Staff
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Squirrel, Pilgrim!

Things aren’t going so well at the moment in the culture wars? You went all in on a hate crime that turned out to be a hoax? Your dignified Indian elder Marine veteran wasn’t much of a veteran and the Covington kids did nothing to him? How about the minstrel show in the Virginia Capital?

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Take heart, progressives. You can dig up an American icon and knock him down cost-free and with no risk he’ll defend himself!

Jussie Smollett’s story may have been fiction, but John Wayne was real and he was conservative. Therefore, he can be vilified. It doesn’t matter that the Duke rode off into the sunset in 1979 -- why not pour a bit of your perpetual outrage in the Wayback Machine and head over to Twitter for some gasping about … a 48 year old interview with the star.

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Desperate for something to distract from Smollett, lefties found a new target: John Wayne. Specifically a 1971 interview Wayne did with Playboy.

The Twitter tempest began with a tweet by Matt Williams, a non-verified user. This story was promptly picked up by multiple liberal media outlets and became a trending Twitter moment.

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It was elevated two days after it began as a trending Twitter Moment, commenting that “John Wayne's comments on race and sexuality have stirred a fresh debate.” Cultural commentators like film writers Scott Weinberg and Joe Carnahan, as...
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