Clint Eastwood is facing controversy once again. This time, the actor and director's comment is being censored by Spike TV. Eastwood’s joke focused on Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic athlete known as Bruce, who is now a transgender woman.
Spike TV will cut Eastwood’s joke at the Guy’s Choice Awards, which it had billed in press material as “unfiltered,” and “unpredictable.” The website Hollywood Life said Eastwood made the remark while introducing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for an award.
Eastwood, 85, was comparing the "San Andreas" star, Johnson, to former athletes that have become actors, including “Jim Brown and Caitlyn Somebody…”
Eastwood was referring to Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, who is a star on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and a decathlon gold medalist. She recently came out as a transgender woman on the July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair.
“I was probably at the (Olympic) games because I was running away from a lot of things,” Jenner said in an accompanying behind-the-scenes video for an Annie Leibovitz-helmed shoot. She said she was, "Very, very proud of those accomplishments, I don’t want to diminish that accomplishment."
On the other hand, she was happy to come out as her true self, saying "Bruce always had to tell a lie," reported US Magazine. "He was always living that lie. Every day he always had a secret from morning ‘til night… Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets."
The awards program was shot at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, California, and will air on Saturday, June 18.
David Schwarz, senior vice president of communications at Spike TV, confirmed the quote. He wrote in an email, "We will remove the reference in the version that will air."
Eastwood made headlines in April 2014 when he denied holding a grudge and threatening to murder documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, reported USA Today. "Everyone keeps saying I threatened to kill Michael Moore. That’s not true," Eastwood said before laughing. "It isn’t a bad idea."
Jokes about the death of "Furious 7" star Paul Walker were cut from Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber in March. Both Spike TV and Comedy Central are owned by parent company Viacom.
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