Friday, August 31, 2012

Clint Eastwood

I never understood Clint Eastwood. He was a Republican, a member of Young Celebrities for Nixon when he was in his 40s. Now he's endorsed Mitt Romney and gave a bizarre, rambling speech at the Republican convention.

But Eastwood has always been incredibly foul-mouthed, and for a long time I noticed that nearly every movie he directed had a rape scene. How many times was his girlfriend, Sandra Locke, raped in his movies? Dirty Harry was initially given an X rating. They had to make cuts to get an R rating.

I don't think the fact that he's 82 had much to do with it. He's not a comedian. He doesn't do improv. When has he ever ad libbed? When has he even appeared on stage? Speeches aren't his thing, and he decided it would be a good idea to do something "creative".

I looked at Google news this morning and Clint Eastwood's appearance was the top story, not Romney's speech where he called for war with Syria and Iran and threatened Russia. He ridiculed global warming and called for the US to be even more servile to Israel.

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