Leftists pull out the knives after actor Sam Elliott blasts ‘allusions of homosexuality’ in ‘piece of s**t’ movie ‘The Power of the Dog’

Iconic actor Sam Elliott — known for his deep, down-home voice, signature mustache, and new starring role in “1883” — let loose with pointed, profane criticisms of Oscar-nominated movie “The Power of the Dog” during an interview on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast.

What are the details?

Consequence Film characterized director Jane Campion’s effort as a “deconstructed Western” that “stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank, a self-styled macho man whose insistence on presenting himself in the most manly way possible hides deep insecurities about his sexual identity.”

After Maron asked Elliott his opinion of “The Power of the Dog,” he replied, “You wanna talk about that piece of s**t?”

The 77-year-old brought up a Los Angeles Times ad for the movie containing a blurb that “talked about ‘the evisceration of the American myth.’ And I thought, What the f***? What the f***? This is the guy that’s done Westerns forever. The evisceration of the American West.”

Elliott then said the “f***ing cowboys” in movie looked like Chippendales dancers: “They’re all running around in chaps and no shirts. There’s all these allusions of homosexuality throughout the f***ing movie.”

He then turned his attention to Campion, who’s from New Zealand: “What the f*** does this woman from — she’s a brilliant director, by the way, I love her work, her previous work — but what the f*** does this woman from down there know about the American West? And why in the f*** did she shoot this movie in New Zealand and call it Montana — and say this is the way it was? So that f***ing rubbed me the wrong way, pal.”

Elliott added, “I mean, Cumberbatch never got out of his f***ing chaps. He had two pairs of chaps, a woolly pair and a leather pair. And every f***ing time he’d walk in from somewhere … he never was on a horse, maybe once, he’d walk into the f***ing house, storm up the f***ing stairs, go lay in his bed in his chaps, and play his banjo. And It’s like, what the f***? What the f***, you know?”

He also wondered, “Where’s the Western in this Western?”

How did folks react?

As you might imagine, leftists didn’t appreciate Elliott’s tirade, and said so on Twitter:

  • USA Today opinion columnist Michael J. Stern wrote, “Sam Elliott can stuff his homophobia in his moustache and hopefully never work again in Hollywood.”
  • Tami Sawyer, a commissioner in Shelby County, Tennessee, responded, “I mean most movies about the American West don’t know anything about the American West, including the ones Sam Elliott has been a part of. They erase the presence of anyone who isn’t white or male when the West was mostly built by Indigenous, Black, Mexican & Chinese people.”
  • The Huffington Post added, “No one tell Sam Elliott about ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ because he already has his chaps in a twist about Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ over its ‘allusions of homosexuality,’ among other concerns.”

Actually Elliott knows all about “Brokeback Mountain” and said in regard to its gay themes at the time of its release, “The whole homosexual thing was interesting — they stepped over the line — but [my wife] Katharine and I both looked at it and thought, ‘What’s the big deal?’”

Other observers weren’t letting Elliott off the hook, though:

  • “Nah man, Sam Elliott being from Sacramento and cussing out Jane Campion for ‘not knowing about the Old West’ — incredible just incredible,” one user said.
  • “More like Sham Elliot, amirite?” another user quipped.
  • “Sam Elliott is a homophobic old man with old man smell emanating from every aspect of him, both physical and metaphorical,” another user opined.
  • “This is some pretty gnarly homophobia,” another user said in regard to Elliott’s words. “I’ve seen the movie & if the characters honestly remind him of Chippendales (?), then that just sounds like he’s got some personal issues with gay people.”

Here’s another perspective on all the hubbub:

Sam Elliott Slams ‘The Power Of The Dog’ As ‘Piece Of S**t’ youtu.be

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