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Students and alumni began protesting the exhibit last fall, with one banner reading "by keeping Wayne’s legacy alive, SCA is endorsing white supremacy."
USC’s School of Cinematic Arts will remove its John Wayne exhibit after months of students and alumni protesting keeping such a tribute to the actor endorsed white supremacy. Protests over the exhibit followed resurfaced racist comments by the actor in a 1971 Playboy magazine interview.
The removal of the exhibit, dedicated to the actor who attended the university and played football in the 1920s, was announced Friday by Evan Hughes, the assistant dean of diversity and inclusion.
"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. Therefore, it has been decided that the Wayne Exhibit will be removed."
Hughes noted that materials from the exhibit, created in 2012, will be moved to the school’s Cinematic Arts Library for research and scholarship, along with other Hollywood artifacts to "allow scholarship to continue on the role John Wayne's films played in the history of cinema."
Students and alumni began protesting the exhibit last fall, with one student creating a banner that read "by keeping Wayne’s legacy alive, SCA is endorsing white supremacy." In December, school officials responded by not removing the exhibit but instead creating a space to expand on Indigenous filmmaking... (Read more)
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