Call to remove John Wayne’s name from airport in California

John Wayne Airport features a statue in honor of the actor

John Wayne Airport features a statue in honor of the actor

The chairwoman of the Orange County board of supervisors says John Wayne's name should stay put on the region's local airport, pushing back against Democrats' calls for the late actor's name to be scrapped over comments he made in an interview half a century ago.

Wayne has been accused of holding bigoted views because of remarks he was quoted as saying to Playboy magazine during a 1971 interview that resurfaced a year ago, wherein he made controversial comments critical of black people, Native Americans, and homosexual men.

"There have been past efforts to get this done and now we're putting our name and our backing into this to make sure there is a name change", said Ms. Briceño, The Times reported.

According to those who crafted the resolution, the effort to oust Wayne, a longtime resident of Orange County, is part of "a national movement to remove white supremacist symbols and names (that are) reshaping American institutions, monuments, businesses, nonprofits, sports leagues and teams".

News of this development elicited a somewhat mixed reaction online, as while some people seemed to approve of this initiative, others criticized it.

Democrats are saying it's high time native Iowan John Wayne mosey off into the sunset as they move to strip his name off the sign of an airport named after him in California.

She told CNN: "While some outside Orange County may not know of John Wayne's beliefs in white supremacy, many Orange County residents have been calling for his removal for years".

Wayne called movies such as "Easy Rider" and "Midnight Cowboy" perverted and used a gay slur to refer to the two main characters of the latter film.

Rob Kardashian appears in rare photos from Khloé Kardashian's party
The last time he appeared on his Instagram was in a Halloween photo, in which he went as a Troll and Kris went as a sugar skull. It came amid the couple's ongoing custody battle over daughter Dream, three, in addition to allegations of assault and battery.

Wayne additionally addressed the oppression of Indigenous people in the United States, writing: "I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them if that's what you're asking".

"Since his death more than 40 years ago, his legacy continues through the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, which has helped provide courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer, and through his extensive film library". They pained him as well, as he realised his true feelings were wrongly conveyed... He hired and worked with people of all races, creeds, and sexual orientations.

"John Wayne stood for the very best for all of us - a society that doesn't discriminate against anyone seeking the American Dream".

"The current focus on social justice is absolutely valid and necessary", the younger Wayne said.

"He also claimed that there had been "attempts by some to use [social justice] for political advantage", saying that it "[distracted] from real opportunities for reform". "He would stand for everyone's right to protest and work toward change", he said.

In a statement made to Fox News, Ethan Wayne said: "Let me make one thing - John Wayne was not a racist". My father believed that we can learn from yesterday, but not by erasing the past.

Vast nationwide anti-racism protests followed African American George Floyd's death in police custody last month.

He also took aim at Native American people.

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