Clint Eastwood made an insulting joke about Caitlyn Jenner at the Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards taping. But there’s good news! The network will remove Clint’s inappropriate remark from the show’s broadcast on June 18.
Many on-hand at for the June 6 taping of Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards thought Clint Eastwood, 85, went too far when he made a totally inappropriate joke about Caitlyn Jenner, 65. Sure, making a joke is one thing but what Clint said about Caitlyn was really insensitive! Spike TV seems to agree: they’ve cut the American Sniper director’s joke so it won’t be part of the June 18 broadcast!
During the June 6 taping of the award show, Clint was in the middle of introducing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson when he dissed Caitlyn. The former Dirty Harry star compared The Rock to other former athletes who became actors, like “Jim Brown and Caitlyn Somebody…”
Really, Clint? That was not funny at all! The audience seemed to think so, too. Most groaned at Clint’s “joke.” Clint even commented that he knew the joke wouldn’t work when he brought it up with the show’s producers. It clearly didn’t, as it now won’t be a part of the show’s broadcast. Spike TV told HollywoodLife.com that they will “remove the [Caitlyn Jenner] reference in the version [of the Guy’s Choice Awards] that will air.”
This is not the first time Clint has caused some controversy when up on stage. He gave a memorable (and bizarre) speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, pretending that President Barack Obama was sitting next to him. Viewers were puzzled as Clint spent the majority of his speech angrily talking to an empty chair. Maybe Clint should focus on directing movies instead of public speaking? He seems to get in trouble whenever he’s given a live mic.
Clint’s not the only celebrity who has made cruel remarks about Caitlyn’s transition. Snoop Dogg called her a “science project” on an Instagram post and Drake Bell posted a transphobic message, saying he’s still going to call Caitlyn by her original name, “Bruce.” Thankfully, Drake realized how he was being a jerk and posted an apology for his comment. We may not get the same from Clint, but thankfully, Spike TV will make sure that his transphobic “joke” will not air when the Guys Choice Awards broadcasts on June 18.
What do you think about Spike TV striking Clint’s comments from the program, HollywoodLifers? Are you glad they won’t air his cruel joke?
— Jason Brow