Clint Eastwood is a national icon. His body of work is so long, wide, and impressive that it almost defies criticism. Okay, his sense of humor is a bit quirky. The empty chair shtick at the 2012 Republican National Covention was whimsical, but also kinda weird. But no matter. The man’s the definition of cool.

So an attempt by some leftist twerp to nail him over a close to 50 year old joke went nowhere. The wokists will have to go somewhere else to find a target.

FNC: “Actor and director Clint Eastwood has been targeted by ‘cancel culture’ on social media this week over a clip from a 1970s awards show. The campaign against Eastwood appears to have fizzled out with many of the commenters on the thread defending the 91-year-old ‘Cry Macho’ director.

The clip in question comes from the 1973 Academy Awards in which actor Marlon Brando famously refused to accept his award for best actor in ‘The Godfather’ and instead sent a Native American activist on stage to lament Hollywood’s treatment of American Indians by the film industry.”

I remember this. It was bizarre, but you got the feeling Brando also meant it as kind of a goof. Remember Brando is the guy who got off the train in Hollywood, about to appear in his first movie, carrying a live raccoon. His first question to the assembled press? “Where can I get Russell fu****?” The Brando spokesquaw said this.

“I’m representing Marlon Brando this evening, and he has asked me to tell you, in a very long speech — which I cannot share with you presently because of time, but I will be glad to share with the press afterwards — that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry, and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.”

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That motivated Eastwood to joke, “I don’t know if I should present this award, on behalf of all the cowboys shot in all the John Ford Westerns over the years.” A tad lame, but harmless. Now a PC censor named Rafael Shimunov wants Eastwood taken to the woodshed for the wisecrack.

“1973: Native American actor Sacheen Littlefeather boo’d (and cheered) by Hollywood at the Oscars before being mocked by Clint Eastwood and almost physically assaulted by John Wayne simply for asking that Indigenous people not to be dehumanized in film.” Oh bloody please. Get a grip.

This kind of leftist censorship is turning millions against the Democrats and their woke pals. They may pay a price for this at the polls. Inspector Harry Callahan would likely say to them, “That’s a hell of a price to pay for being stylish.”