October 19, 2005, - 8:09 am

Shame on Dirty Harry: Eastwood’s Pro-Jap Iwo Jima Film

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.”

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Iwo Jima: They risked their lives so Clint Eastwood could trash them?!

Big deal.
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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10 Responses

debbie, i get the feeling youre a guy’s kind of girl. it makes it all the more demoralizing to me that you are single. it’s just a microcosm of what’s happening to secular intellectual jews like us. as much as i enjoy your 2 cents here i’d be interested if you had any insights for us about more personal issues.

shleppy on October 19, 2005 at 11:22 pm

Oooooooooo, racist! Calling Japanese people Japs! The biggest racists will be the ones calling me Japanese and not an American. Good story Deb. My uncles wanted to go to Japan and kill them Japs but Uncle Sam couldn’t trust us, so we ended up in Europe. NNot that fighting the Nazi was bad but there was a sense of anger against the Japs in Japan. I wish that Dirty Harry keeps his mouth shut, what he doesn’t know is that people like me, proud American, will end up being labeled as a traitorous Jap. Thanks Deb

KOAJaps on October 20, 2005 at 8:44 am

Ehhhhh…I wasnt too excited about Million Dollar Baby, but I have no problem with the movie like most conservatives about its ending. As for clint eastwoods new movie, i’ll hold judgement before seeing the script. Have you even see it yet Debbie or are you riding your Clint hatred over MDB into his new movie?
Besides the point that the Japaneese are now one of our greates allies, whereas islamists are not. I’d stick to being critical over sympathetic movies towards Suicide Bombers who still hate us(like Mark Cuban’s new movie) over a movie where not much is known about it and just shows the war from the Japanese side. If the movie shows americans as being suicidal, torturing maniacs, then the movie would deserve your wrath.

Avatar on October 20, 2005 at 11:55 am

I was watching a special (on the History channel I believe) on the Japanese warship the Yamato a couple weeks ago. The majority of the show focused on the Japanese perspective about the contruction and use of the warship. They had interviews of a couple guys that were stationed on the ship.
I know these guys were our enemy, but just because shows like this are made doesn’t mean that they are dishonoring the memory of the Americans that fought against them (although admitedly in this case, American forces promptly destroyed the Yamato. I believe with few American casualties as well).
I feel the same way about movies made that are based on history. As long as they are acurate from a historical perspective, then why shouldn’t they be made? It’s not like the movie he’s making from the Jap perspective is going to convince Americans that they were the good guys. No one believes that.

Clompo on October 20, 2005 at 2:00 pm

I guess Debbie is correct when she said Clint must be feeling guilt pains over traditional American films like ƬDirty HarryĆ® in order to appease the America-hating Left in Hollyweird. He also made some great Western films, too, such as, The Outlaw Josie Wales, High Plains Drifter, etc., that also portrayed good ol’ American values like justice and retribution.
However, lots of Republicans get afflicted with this sort of dementia when they get old, lose their marbles, and refuse to leave the stage….does anyone remember Barry Goldwater?
After Clint makes his next movie, “9/11: Beat Your Swords Into Airplanes”, Hollywood gossip columnists are saying that he’s going right to work on yet another epic, “How The Beatles Framed Charles Manson”.
To misquote a truly great American hero, General Douglas MacArthur, I think it’s appropriate to say; “Old actors never die, but they don’t fade away, either.”

Thee_Bruno on October 20, 2005 at 2:49 pm

You have articulated, Debbie, in your subtext, what I think is among the foremost differentiations between liberals and conservatives: the willingless to criticize one’s own party members when criticism is deserved. I know liberals who would willingly vote for Hitler or the devil if he were running as a Democrat, but I know many fewer conservatives who would vote for them running as Republicans. In another realm, look at the criticism Bush has gotten from conservatives as opposed to the complete support the Clintons received from liberals. As I see it, a skunk is a skunk whether wearing Democrat or Republican clothes. If Rove, DeLay or any other conservative is proven guilty of wrongdoing, conservatives will be among the first to tell him to resign. But how many liberals told Clinton to resign even after he was impeached and lost his law license?

Bachbone on October 20, 2005 at 10:45 pm

Oh, come on Debbie, don’t censor yourself! I am disappointed. Put Jap back sweetie!!! Because if you don’t then I will rewrite it
Shame on Dirty Harry: Eastwood’s Pro-JAP film

KOAJaps on October 21, 2005 at 12:22 pm

Yea Debbie! You broght the Jap back, so anyone who complains that Debbie’s a racist, F-off you faeggot

KOAJaps on October 22, 2005 at 10:26 am

well i guess i know wat u feel but u shudnt be so hard on em the marines made up with them so why cant you whats past is past and we will hopefully never do it again

Ramen on January 8, 2007 at 12:19 am

Oh wow…Debbie, are you another one of those erstwhile defenders of the American fighting man (a la Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Cheney, Coulter, Malkin, Ingraham, Bush) who just couldn’t, or can’t, find the time to wear the uniform themselves? And btw, the Americans who fought and died at Iwo Jima did so so that movies like “Letters From Iwo Jima” could be made.

lucslawyer on January 9, 2007 at 5:18 pm

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