He's gone senile. No, he's just trying to be funny and failed miserably. It wasn't that bad. It was actually pretty funny. Biting. True. Such are some of the opinions of Clint Eastwood's empty chair speech last month at the Republican Convention. Some people have vowed to avoid the actor/director's work from now on because of what he said on stage. Others applaud him for his hard hitting, albeit unique, delivery of what they think is the truth. But what does the man himself think of it all?
In an interview with Jerry Penacoli from 'Extra,' Eastwood didn't mince words:
"People loved it or hated it, and that's fine. I figure if somebody's dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they're gonna have to take what they get."
That's some strong stuff coming from Mitt Romney's most famous supporter. He further noted that he wants to see "more real people working" and less time in front of teleprompters. What Eastwood seems to have forgotten (or is conveniently ignoring) is the fact that the current president has dealt with a hostile Congress almost since Day 1.
From South Carolina's Joe Wilson, who shouted, "You lie!" during a speech to Congress in September of 2009, a coordinated effort to block the jobs bill, to doing their best to kill the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have done nothing but ram their heads against the president's wall since the day he took office.
But, Eastwood doesn't care. He's a rich 82-year-old man who has almost nothing to lose. He says he doesn't care about either side, but he's taking the side that seems more willing to protect his ability to be taxed less than the side that is more willing to protect those who need it most: the poor and disenfranchised. It's ironic how many of his later films depict people who are poor and struggling as heroes, and yet he's going to vote for a man who disdains anyone who wasn't born with a silver spoon in their mouth.
It just goes to show that Clint Eastwood really doesn't care about the poor or for those struggling against discrimination, and that is reason enough for anyone who values equality to not take him seriously anymore.