Was actor John Wayne right to criticize fellow actor Gary Cooper for thowing a marshall's badge?
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I don't think there is any right or wrong to this. Cooper and Wayne had two completely different points of views and this caused them to disagree. I personally side with Cooper but I'm a bigger fan of Wayne's so I think this is subjective and based on one's personal opinion on what that scene really means.
I hadn't heard of this before, but I take your word for it as Wayne was known for saying some very harsh things, such as anti-Native American and anti-gay sentiments. He lived in an era when ultra-Right mindset and feelings were the trend in Hollywood (just the opposite of how it is today). I feel such a complaint about a film scene would stem from a reactionary and intolerant mind. But when you think about it, his Hollywood contemporaries do the very same thing today; it is just today's reactionary culture in Hollywood is ultra-Left minded. I have never been a fan of Wayne's -his acting talent was very limited- and I never approved of his other hateful remarks I had heard about.But to be completely fair to the man, I think he -and his views- were ultimately molded by the Hollywood culture of his time, just as say George Cloony is today.
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