John Wayne Thought Movie Critics Reviewed His Politics Over His Films

Western and war movie actor John Wayne held some controversial beliefs, although their true breadth wouldn’t come out until a 1971 Playboy interview. As a result, the media regularly called him out for racist and homophobic language and beliefs. Wayne thought movie critics spent more time writing about his politics than they did review the work itself.

John Wayne’s politics overshadowed his career for some crowds

Movie star John Wayne wearing a navy blue jacket and a blue collared shirt underneath in front of a red background
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Wayne was very specific with the movie roles he would accept. They often demonstrated patriotic values and upheld traditional ideals of masculinity that would emphasize his idea of strength. As a result, Wayne brought many crowds to movie theater auditoriums over the course of his career.