The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts has announced that an exhibit dedicated to John Wayne
will be pulled from campus in response to student protests regarding his legacy. Wayne’s past has been the subject of scrutiny for decades since a 1971 Playboy Magazine interview where the actor and filmmaker made controversial comments about minorities and people of color. Recently, there were petitions to change the name of Southern California’s John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
“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,” Evan Hughes, USC
’s assistant dean of diversity and inclusion, said in a statement. “Therefore, it has been decided that the Wayne Exhibit will be removed.”