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Actor Sam Elliott walked back his uncomplimentary comments about the western movie “The Power of the Dog” that infuriated leftists and led to calls for his cancelation over what were deemed to be homophobic comments, bending a knee to the “woke” mob with an apology for his blasphemy.
Throughout his long career, the 77-year-old star has been featured in tough guy and western roles that oozed masculinity, once a surefire winner in the Hollywood of a bygone generation but a major sin in a town where the name John Wayne is treated like a cuss word today.
Elliott, who appeared in such films as “Tombstone” and “Gettysburg,” was unimpressed with the revisionist western with homosexual undercurrents starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Jane Campion, expressing his opinion on a podcast with leftist Marc Maron that “The Power of the Dog” was “a piece of sh*t.”
‘Piece of s**t’: Actor Sam Elliott sparks firestorm with brutally blunt take on ‘Power of the Dog’ https://t.co/1g8rQKX1Z1 pic.twitter.com/TiT4cRoXw0
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 2, 2022
The macho Elliott also likened some in the movie’s cast to the beefcakes at Chippendales, “those guys in New York who wear bowties and not much else,” he said. “That’s what all these f**king cowboys in that movie look like.”
“They’re all running around in chaps and no shirts. There’s all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the f**king movie,” he added in an expletive-riddled critique that triggered howls of rage on social media.
Sadly, he lacked the fortitude of many of his big-screen characters and bent the knee with a groveling apology to his hysterical critics after “The Power of the Dog” scored a Best Director statue for Campion at an Academy Awards ceremony dominated by Will Smith’s going berserk right before winning his own gold statue.
Elliott’s act of contrition came at an event for celebrity gossip site Deadline Hollywood when he was put on the spot over the heresy uttered on Maron’s WTF podcast.
“First don’t go do a podcast whose call letters are W-T-F,” he said to guffaws from his inquisitor on the panel.
Sam Elliott apologizes for his controversial comments he previously made about 'The Power of the Dog' #DeadlineContenders pic.twitter.com/XZ86wCAXmL
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) April 10, 2022
“That movie struck a chord with me…,” pausing and grimacing as he chose his words, “and in trying to tell the guy, W-T-F guy how I felt about the film…I wasn’t very articulate about it, I didn’t articulate it very well,” Elliott said.
He continued, “and I said some things that hurt people…and I feel terrible about that,” painfully pausing again.
“The gay community has been incredible to me my entire career,” he said to the sound of clapping, “and I mean my entire career from before I got started,” as a hoot erupted from the crowd. “When I was in this town, friends on every level, in every job description, up until today with my agent, my dear friend, my agent of a number of years… and I’m sorry that I hurt any of those friends and someone that I loved….and anyone else, by the words that I used.”
“I also told this… what…the..F… podcaster,” referring to Maron, “that I thought Jane Campion was a brilliant director, and I want to apologize to the cast of “The Power of the Dog,” brilliant actors all, and in particular Benedict Cumberbatch, I can only say that I’m sorry and I am, I am,” Elliott said in an eerie scene reminiscent of a struggle session during Mao’s cultural revolution.
Whether Elliott was being sincere in his blistering critique to the “W-T-F guy” is debatable but it’s brutally obvious that anything that is perceived as being even remotely disrespectful to a certain privileged demographic is potentially a career killer in Tinseltown.
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