I wouldn’t want to be a man this fragile

Look at him. He’s afraid of Mr Rogers.

Somebody needs to inform this guy that Marion Morrison, aka John Wayne, was a posturing draft-dodger, a cheerleader for the House Un-American Activities Committee, and he said this in 1971:

With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.

… I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from the Indians. Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.

But then, that probably makes him even more attractive to the creatures at the Daily Wire.

I’m not as nice as Mr Rogers, but I’m not as dull and reactionary as John Wayne. I don’t believe in settling conflicts with guns, but I also think we have to resist fascism vigorously. Can I just be who I am, without someone telling me I have to conform to one of two different molds? Men are not all the same. Neither are women.


  1. raven says

    call John Wayne and tell him to bring his guns”

    This guy is an idiot.

    John Wayne wasn’t a cowboy on a horse with two six guns in holsters fighting off the bad guys.
    He was a Hollywood actor playing a cowboy with guns riding around on a horse.

    There is a huge difference between make believe movies and real life.

  2. wzrd1 says

    It seems someone’s a bit late in objecting, given that Rogers died in 2003 and Morrison died in 1979.
    I guess they’ve been safely dead for long enough that he no longer fears a harsh word being spoken by either now.

  3. UnknownEric the Apostate says

    (Oh, I’ve been waiting so long to actually be able to use this one…)


    To quote the great Flavor Flav, “Motherfuck him AND John Wayne.”

  4. jrkrideau says

    There is a huge difference between make believe movies and real life.

    Would that more people understood this.

    All too often people actually seem to believe that movies are real history or true stories. I guess that they never mastered to the concept of creative license.

    I remember a Scottish historian pointing out ~109 errors/mistakes/who-knows-what in the movie Brave Heart. She then mentioned that those problems were in the first minute of the film.

  5. Porivil Sorrens says

    Even among the ludicrously low bar of his time and genre, Wayne was a godawful actor.

    The fact that so many conservatives seem to think that he was the epitome of cinematic achievement only proves the cultural regression inherent to reactionary thought. They would legitimately rather have a world where art is nothing but grunting, bloated ignoramuses mumbling their way through monosyllabic scripts, and decry anything vaguely complicated or introspective as degenerate.

  6. Pierce R. Butler says

    PZ Myers @ # 7 – Sorry, not quite enough said.

    When citing The Conqueror, one must always note that it was filmed not far in space or time from US nuclear weapons tests, fallout from which quite probably contributed to “Duke”‘s death by cancer.

  7. patricklinnen says

    Also John Wayne skipped out serving in WWII, the Korean War, and the early parts of the Vietnam War. Like Reagan, he got parts portraying service which were used to bash everyone else.

  8. unclefrogy says

    yeah that guy is a fool and probably an asshole as well. Imagine that kind of reaction from a movie there was the same kind of reaction to Mr Rodgers when he was alive and on the TV. His audience was primarily children who did not know about the world having just got here and he addressed the reality of it in an honest way without posturing like some “tough guy” . The biggest regret I have is I did not have a mr. Rogers in my life when I was a child. I learned much from him when I discovered him when my son was a small child. It takes more courage to be that honest and open then it does to be a some asshole with a gun in his hand in the f’n movies.
    As far as Marion and cancer his smoking and whiskey drinking were also major contributors to his death.
    For me there was only one guy I would call Duke and it weren’t the movie star
    uncle frogy

  9. Bruce says

    So, will the Daily Wire now be reporting that the wealth tax of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren has been endorsed by John Wayne? It’s a matter of survival, and like Wayne said of the “Indians”, rich people are just trying to keep their stuff for themselves. I guess the wealthy should be glad we are talking about a small fraction and not 100% of it, as Wayne thought was justifiable. Now we learn that John Wayne wanted to be a democratic socialist.

  10. says

    Funny how this turns up today. Americans grew up on Mister Rogers, but Canadians over 30 grew up on Mr. Dressup. Ernie Coombs was born today, November 26, 1927. Coombs was American born and worked with Fred Rogers in the early years, becoming close friends on TV series.

    Coombs and Rogers first worked together on TV in Canada. Rogers returned to the US to work on his own children’s show, while Mr. Dressup went on to be the longest running Canadian children’s TV show. Coombs eventually became a citizen. He died in 2001.


  11. unclefrogy says

    only one
    Saw him with the whole orchestra once and another time as the intermission entertainment with Dizzy
    there was something of Mr Rogers in him as well “we do love you madly”
    uncle frogy

  12. microraptor says

    @17: Lucky. I was born too late to ever get a chance to see any of the musicians from that era in concert.

  13. unclefrogy says

    there is nothing like a good big band I have to admit. there are still some around as well as some other large groups doing special tours there are a couple of bands doing Frank Zappa music as well as Mingus keep your ears and eyses open
    uncle frogy