Earlier this week Clint Eastwood — a man who once talked to an empty chair on national television — made headlines for calling the current generation a “pussy generation”. The subtext here is that Eastwood is apparently now his character in Gran Torino. Here’s the exact quote from Esquire:
CE: 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.”
There were two reactions: You either agree with him or you’re like “wait, he’s just playing the back-in-my-day card and back in his day there was disgusting systematic racism/sexism/homophobia etc.” In other words…
Clint’s words about the pussy generation inspired Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to shut down his logic with one succinct tweet:
Both are entitled to their opinions. Meanwhile, Flea vs. Dirty Harry… This is way more interesting than Kanye vs. Taylor, any day of the week.