In January 1972, sovaldi LIFE Magazine checked in with John Wayne to see what the cinematic legend thought about the wave of social change sweeping the nation. The Duke, shop being “a true all-American hero” (in the sense that he got paid to dress up and perform make-believe acts of heroism) and red-blooded avatar of partiarchal machismo, was not pleased with the current shenannigans where filthy-haired, foul-mouthed hippies said bad things about the country Wayne spent his life pretending to defend.
The problem, in Wayne’s mind, was the lack of modern day frontiers where bands of bold men under lucrative contacts to well-heeled studios and their armies of personal assistants could live life in the rough in Monument Valley for a couple of weeks a year before returning to their late model Cadillacs and plush cabanas in Palm Springs. The younger generation knew nothing about that kind of character-building ordeal, and turned to sex and drugs when they should have been pursuing the real American dream…
…neo-colonial conquest steeped in unapologetic racist attitudes.
It’s no wonder they erected a statue of and named an airport after the man in Orange County.
Recommended listening: Straight talk from deep in the heart of Texas.