Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Smacks Down Clint Eastwood's Donald Trump Comments
Clint Eastwood, noted actor probably best known for his role in talking to a chair, recently told Esquire how sick he is of political correctness and how he often finds Donald Trump's anti-PC stances refreshing. Flea’s Twitter fingers were having none of it.
In response to Eastwood’s lament of a "pussy generation,” the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist shot back he’d be glad to sign on:
Hey Clint Eastwood count me in as a pussy as we aspire to evolve above racism.— Flea (@flea333) August 4, 2016
In the Esquire interview, the 86-year old actor hasn't endorsed Trump (or any candidate), but he certainly endorsed his few-holds-barred brand of rhetoric:
"He's on to something, because secretly everybody's getting tired of political correctness, kissing up," Eastwood said. "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."
In downplaying his Trump support, Eastwood attempted to normalize the Republican nominee’s actions by likening them to Hillary Clinton’s, and by using the word “hoodoo” -- no small feat in 2016:
"You know, he's a racist now because he's talked about this judge. And yeah, it's a dumb thing to say. I mean, to predicate your opinion on the fact that the guy was born to Mexican parents or something. He's said a lot of dumb things. So have all of them. Both sides. But everybody -- the press and everybody's going, 'Oh, well, that's racist,' and they're making a big hoodoo out of it. Just fucking get over it."
It’s not uncommon for celebrities like Flea to shoot down the words of Trump and his supporters, but for Flea, the topic is especially close to home. The Red Hot Chili Peppers played a Bernie Sanders benefit concert, and with Bernie now in Hillary’s corner, RHCP is presumably riding hard for her.
Perhaps Eastwood is just getting back into his role in Gran Torino?