Because we’re young (you can refer to yourself as “young” until you’re 30, right?), we only really remember Clint Eastwood for a couple things – Gran Torino and the time he talked to that chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention. But despite the fact that everyone now thinks of him as some off-the-rocker conservative who’s too old for his own good, you must know that he’s just an off-the-rocker conservative who’s alive years past when his beliefs were widely held as opposed to, well… not. He’ll forever be the cowboy of all cowboys and someone that would make the Marlboro Man think, “Damn, I shouldn’t fuck with that dude.”
And his recent interview with Esquire is no different, especially when it comes to scrutinizing how everyone born in the last thirty years is just a whiny piece of shit who doesn’t deserve to eat the same red meat he does.
Esquire: Your characters have become touchstones in the culture, whether it’s Reagan invoking “Make my day” or now Trump … I swear he’s even practiced your scowl.
Clint Eastwood: Maybe. But he’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist. And then when I did Gran Torino, even my associate said, “This is a really good script, but it’s politically incorrect.” And I said, “Good. Let me read it tonight.” The next morning, I came in and I threw it on his desk and I said, “We’re starting this immediately.”
Esquire: What is the “pussy generation”?
Clint Eastwood: All these people that say, “Oh, you can’t do that, and you can’t do this, and you can’t say that.” I guess it’s just the times.
Those are the words of someone who definitely listens to Kid Rock and can drink a fifth of Jim Beam and still stand up. The only difference, though? Kid Rock endorsed Trump, and Eastwood refuses to endorse anyone (yet). .