Clint Eastwood seems to be an enduring fan of the word ‘fuck’ when it comes to politics. His exact words, from a GQ interview companion piece for the upcoming movie J. Edgar (badly formatted on their fishwrap website, which could be entered in a web design hall of shame):
GQ: [To Eastwood] You’ve described yourself as a social libertarian. What does that mean to you?
Clint Eastwood: I was an Eisenhower Republican when I started out at 21, because he promised to get us out of the Korean War. And over the years, I realized there was a Republican philosophy that I liked. And then they lost it. And libertarians had more of it. Because what I really believe is, let’s spend a little more time leaving everybody alone. These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of.
Leonardo Dicaprio: That’s the most infuriating thing—watching people focus on these things. Meanwhile, there’s the onset of global warming and—
Clint Eastwood: Exactly!
Leonardo Dicaprio: —and these incredibly scary and menacing things with the future of our economy. Our relationship to the rest of the world. And here we are focusing on this?
Clint Eastwood: They go on and on with all this bullshit about “sanctity”—don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.
Leonardo Dicaprio: It’s the great diversion. Politicians are masters at getting you to be on their side so that you don’t look at how big business—
Clint Eastwood: I love big business! [They both laugh.]
Clint Eastwood: I love big business if it hires everybody and does all the right things, and if they get off track then they’ll have to deal with whatever—
Leonardo Dicaprio: But they often do get off track, unfortunately. See, now you’ve got us in a political debate!
Clint Eastwood is estimated to have a net worth of $400 million, Dicraprio is pegged at $200 million. As actual living, breathing, social libertarians with strong fiscal libertarian tendencies, I have no problem encouraging them to embrace their wealth and influence to steer the political debate a little more.
Ideologically, we could endure far worse.