A viral meme from 2019 that falsely attributes a quote to Clint Eastwood is circulating again. But Eastwood never said it. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Quote memes — especially about controversial issues — are highly engaging because they often are pithy, they strike a strong emotional chord and they draw on the reputation or notoriety of a public figure to appear legitimate. They also tend to be “zombie rumors” that come back repeatedly when either the quote or the person being falsely quoted surfaces again in the news cycle. This meme also contains a version of The Punisher skull icon used by the far-right anti-government militia movement the Three Percenters.
Related: “Rumor Review: Denzel Washington supports Trump (FALSE)” (The News Literacy Project).
“No, Clint Eastwood Did Not Say ‘The Problem Is Not Guns’” (Jordan Liles, Snopes).
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