October 19, 2005, - 8:09 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Early this year, I attacked “Dirty Harry,” Clint Eastwood, for tricking moviegoers into thinking they’d see Rocky-in-a-Sports-Bra, instead giving them a movie that was secretly really about euthanasia. My column against Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” (in which I correctly predicted it’d win an Academy Award) was cited in the New York Times (twice), USA Today (twice), Rush Limbaugh, Associated Press, Brit papers The Guardian and Daily Telegraph, and thousands of other media outlets around the world.
I hope my latest complaint against Dirty Harry gets as much coverage, but unfortunately I have my doubts.
Clint Eastwood is making a movie that “will offer the Japanese perspective” on the battle of Iwo Jima, he told Time Magazine. I suppose his excuse for making this celluloid outrage, “Lamps Before the Wind” (some news reports say “Lambs Before the Wind”), is that he is also making and simultaneously releasing a “pro-American” version (that isn’t so pro-American)of what happened at Iwo Jima, “Flags of Our Fathers.”
7,000 American troops died at Iwo Jima in February and March 1945, the bloodiest event in U.S. Marine Corps history. By making a film from their killers’ perspective, Dirty Harry dishonors them, WWII veterans, America, and himself. As aging actor past his prime, I guess he never heard the phrase “death before dishonor.”
The only question I have for Eastwood is this: When is his pro-Bin Laden/Atta “perspective” film coming out about what happened on 9/11? That’s the logical progression of this outrageous “two morally equivalent sides to every story” BS that Eastwood is now pushing.
When I railed against his “Million Dollar Baby,” Dirty Harry’s supporters responded that he’s a Republican. So what? If Eastwood is the proto-typical Republican of the day, his party has truly lost its compass, moral and otherwise.
MDB and, now, this propaganda in favor of our WWII enemies, are his repentance in old age to the Hollywood left for having dared make the Dirty Harry movies that really embodied true Republican–and conservative–values.
And Eastwood can write his epitaph with it. Dirty Harry would be ashamed.
Stay tuned for a longer column on this outrage.
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