Controversy surrounding the late actor John Wayne has grown recently in light of comments he made during a decades-old Playboy interview.
In it, he reportedly said he believes in “white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.”
Some critics are citing the racist remarks as sufficient reason to remove his name from a California airport. Additional problematic comments have also surfaced, though supporters — including relatives — say it is unfair to take the comments out of the context of the era, especially when he cannot defend himself.
Wayne reportedly complained about “these perverted films” coming out of Hollywood, specifically denouncing “Midnight Cowboy” as a “story about two fags.”
He also reportedly disparaged Native Americans, alleging that they were “selfishly trying to keep [America] for themselves.”
Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik concluded that this information “certainly undermines any justification for his name and image to adorn a civic facility” like the Orange County airport.