The racist comments made by John Wayne during an interview from 1971
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The racist comments made by John Wayne during an interview from 1971

An interview in which John Wayne expresses his racist opinions resurfaced online last year.

American actor and filmmaker Wayne, who dominated the box office for more than three decades, is quoted as saying “I believe in white supremacy” in the interview which is dated back to 1971.

Between 1926 and 1977, Wayne appeared in over 170 films and was undoubtedly one of America’s biggest stars and was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning once for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1969.

Last year, screenwriter Matt Williams sourced the racist interview Wayne conducted eight years prior to his death. Talking to Playboy, Wayne said things such as “Hollywood studios are carrying their tokenism a little too far” and described Native Americans as “selfish”.

“I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility,” said Wayne. “I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”

Continuing, Wayne said: “I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves. Now, I’m not condoning slavery. It’s just a fact of life, like the kid who gets infantile paralysis and has to wear braces so he can’t play football with the rest of us.”

He added: “I will say this, though: I think any black who can compete with a white today can get a better break than a white man. I wish they’d tell me where in the world they have it better than right here in America.”

Sharing screenshots from the interview on social media, Williams said: “John Wayne was a straight up piece of shit” in quotes Wayne’s criticism of young people, socialism and more.


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