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Lewis Beale writes about culture and film for the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and other publications. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)A lot of people seem to be mad at Clint Eastwood these days, and for good reason. His recent defense of Donald Trump and his racially charged comments -- that the Republican presidential nominee "says a lot of dumb things" but that people should "get over it" -- have not exactly made Eastwood look like a paragon of racial equality.