By Kyle | January 6, 2009
Clint said it, not me, in Esquire:
We live in more of a pussy generation now, where everybody’s become used to saying, “Well, how do we handle it psychologically?” In those days, you just punched the bully back and duked it out. Even if the guy was older and could push you around, at least you were respected for fighting back, and you’d be left alone from then on.
(H/t John Nolte.)
What’s strange about this quotation is it takes a very different tone from the softer and less flinty-eyed Clint who spoke at last fall’s New Yorker festival, at which he disparaged the “fantasy cowboys” and “fantasy detectives” he played as more or less meaningless jobs he did for a paycheck, and also made fun of “Dirty Harry” fans. Could it be that Clint is skilled at playing to his audience?