John Wayne Was A ‘Hollow’ Masculine Icon, The Atlantic Says. The Atlantic Can Go To Hell

John Wayne was an overcompensating pawn — if you take The Atlantic’s word for it.

Reviewing Nancy Shoenberger’s book, “Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero” in this month’s issue of the once-great magazine, Stephen Metcalf soliloquizes on the two icons of early American cinema: director John Ford and his protegé: The Duke himself.

Ford was a manic, closeted homosexual, Metcalf implies. Wayne, a “hollow” shell of a propaganda stunt: a bumbling buffoon used naively to propel the myth of American masculinity on the big screen.

  • Ed

    If you google “Stephen Metcalf” you will find photos of someone who makes pajama boy look like Paul Bunyan.

  • ontario john

    They probably think feminist Trudeau is a real man.

  • David Murrell

    I remember when John Wayne died — sometime in the late 1970s — the corporate media reacted with a collective yawn, utterly ignoring the fact that Wayne was a Hollywood icon to everyday Americans. Back then virtually all of Big Media was left of centre, especially here in Canada. They despised Wayne the Republican.

  • Raymond Hietapakka
  • Millie_Woods

    Hollywood was at it’s zenith when Ford and Wayne were making great inspirational movies. After that it went in decline as the Weinstein’s and Spacey’s took over and used it to satisfy their child molestation and rape fantasies.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Metcalf is quite nearly unreadable, which he thinks is praise. You’ll also note that like all post modernists he almost talks about himself in the third person and often writes about talking about himself in lieu of actually expressing any of the ‘ideas’ that people think are so precious. In one memorable interview, I paraphrase, “Shakespeare is shit but people will be reading Robert Frost and Taylor Swift in 2000 years”. And talk about closeted gay man? OMG, he wrote that Alan Greenspan was Ayn Rand’s gimp to her dom. Using those words.

  • mauser 98

    translation…we hate Trump or any one big confident patriotic

  • Waffle

    Mammas, don’t let your cowboys grow up to be babies!

  • Jay Harper

    He’s been dead for nearly 40 years (1978) but they only now gathered up the courage to criticise him. Terrified of him in his grave. That sounds pretty masculine to me.

  • sk6actual

    The worst complaint I’ve heard about Francis Marion was that he may have been standoffish but was the epitomic professional in his art. You showed up, did your part as your were instructed or else you were no longer there. When I was growing up he was the model of what men were supposed to be (not withstanding my father, a WWII naval officer bore a great likeness).

  • Clausewitz
  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)