Tue. Aug 4th, 2020

USC Film School Removes John Wayne’s Exhibit, Citing His Racist Comments In The Past

FILE - In this undated photo, John Wayne appears during the filming of "The Horse Soldiers." In the latest move to change place names in light of U.S. racial history, leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Party are pushing to drop film legend Wayne’s name, statue and other likenesses from the county’s airport because of his racist and bigoted comments. (AP Photo, File)

The USC School of Cinematic Arts will remove an exhibit devoted to actor John Wayne,  a USC student and football player in the 1920s, after months of insistence from students denouncing the Hollywood star’s on-the-record racism and the portrayal of Indigenous Americans in many of his films.
The removal was announced today by Evan Hughes, the school’s Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion.

“Conversations about systemic racism in our cultural institutions along with the recent global, civil uprising by the Black Lives Matter Movement require that we consider the role our School can play as a change maker in promoting antiracist cultural values and experiences,” said Hughes in a statement. “Therefore, it has been decided that the Wayne Exhibit will be removed.”

The exhibit’s material – posters, movie memorabilia, personal items – will now be housed in the school’s Cinematic Arts Library for research and scholarship, along with other Hollywood artifacts.
The Wayne Exhibit was installed in 2012.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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