To the Leftists Dragging John Wayne's Dead Body Through the Streets: Now Do Che Guevara

circa 1960:  Headshot portrait of American actor John Wayne (1907 - 1979) dressed as a cowboy with a bandana around his neck and a white cowboy hat on his head.

Apparently, the SJW perpetual-outrage mob has run out of living people to clench their fists and stomp their feet over because their latest target is John Wayne. In case you missed it, someone resurrected a 1971 Playboy interview with The Duke. In it, he said racist and homophobic things. I'm assuming that someone somewhere is attempting to unlock the secret of resurrecting people from the dead so that John Wayne can be brought back to life and then executed by the SJW mob. Fine. Whatever. That being said, when they finish kicking around Wayne's rotting corpse (assuming they can't figure out how to bring him back to life), I want them to do Che Guevara next.

To be clear, and to help ensure that I don't find myself being marched up the SJW guillotine, I denounce John Wayne's racism. I denounce his stupidity. I'll even denounce 1971 if that helps. However, and someone may need to let my family know that I love them and that I walked up the guillotine's steps bravely-ish, I do not denounce John Wayne's movies. That would be idiotic. And pointless.

While I was growing up, my dad loved John Wayne movies. So much so, that John Wayne was the only person who was allowed to cuss in our house. Several decades later, I still enjoy John Wayne movies from time to time.

Of course, like all movies more than a couple of days old, they contain problematic scenes, tropes, and colloquialisms unique to the time period during which they were made and that run the risk of damaging our delicate Victorian-era woke-era sensibilities. However, since I'm an adult with a fully functioning brain, I watch John Wayne movies in context and filter out all the offensive bits before they trigger my soul and set my emotions back to their seventh-grade levels.

Does that mean that I would I let John Wayne babysit my kids? Of course not. He's dead. Will I continue to watch his movies without demanding that his carcass be dragged through the streets and then pissed on unless he apologizes and pays some sort of penance? Of course. He's dead.

While watching Rio Bravo I will also be eagerly anticipating the next already-deceased target of leftists. In fact, and repeating myself from the opening paragraph, I'd like to submit Che Guevara to be considered as a target for public hate and vitriol.

Che Guevara makes an excellent target for leftists to work out their hurt feelings and anger on. You want to see an example of pure, unadulterated racism? Then look no farther than Comrade Guevara. Except, oddly, proudly woke leftists love to adorn their clothes with pictures of Che's face. Someone should make t-shirts with Che's face on the front and one of his quotes on the back. For those interested in doing so, here are a few choice quotes that those who celebrate Che Guevara should be required to defend:

  • "The first person we hit on was the mayor, someone called Cohen; we had heard a lot about him, that he was Jewish as far as money was concerned but a good sort." The Motorcycle Diaries page 139
  • "The episode upset us a little because the poor man, apart from being homosexual and a first-rate bore, had been very nice to us." The Motorcycle Diaries page 150
  • "The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations." The Motorcycle Diaries page 161
  • "It was the same as the method used by Batista during our war. It was capable of making some weak individuals crumble, but it did very little damage in Cuba. My fear was that here [in Africa] the weak were the majority in every sense." The African Dream page 112
  • "Lambert, for his part, announced that Baraka had indeed been attacked, but that they had fought off the enemy and killed 20 whites and countless blacks. As we see, the Congolese themselves did not bother to count the dead blacks; what mattered was the number of whites." The African Dream page 117 (Over the course of The African Dream, Che's smug feeling of racial superiority over black Africans increasingly became harder and harder for him to hide.)
  • "Lazy and undisciplined, they are without any spirit of combat or self-sacrifice; they do not trust their leaders (who show a lead only in getting hold of women, pombe or food, and making an easy life for themselves) … All these traits make the soldier of the Congolese revolution the poorest example of a fighter that I have ever come across up to now." The African Dream page 227

No doubt, sputtering leftists will angrily accuse me of failing to take context into account in my portrait of Che Guevara as a racist, homophobic man. Maybe. Although, unlike a certain dead movie star, Che's words and philosophies are still producing harmful results in the real world and not just across the Twitter feeds of triggered woke SJWs. So, leftists, you may want to remove the Che Guevara t-shirt from your own back before continuing to stone John Wayne's carcass with angry words.