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John Wayne's Son Ethan Defends His Father 50 Years After Controversial 'Playboy' Interview


John Wayne has been dead for 40 years, but his famous 1971 Playboy interview continues to make headlines. The controversial interview was unearthed again last month and went viral on Twitter, and its content caused some to call to remove the movie legend’s name from an Orange County, California, airport, where a nine-foot bronze statue of Wayne is fitted at the entrance.

But in a new interview with CNN, John Wayne’s son, Ethan Wayne, defended his father, by saying quotes from the nearly 50-year-old interview were being taken out of context. Ethan Wayne first clarified that the interview was conducted over two days and that the original recorded transcript was eight hours long. Ethan said that any discussion of moving John Wayne’s name from the airport should include “the full picture” of how the late star lived his life, and not just random quotes from an interview conducted nearly 50 years ago.


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