John Wayne was Hollywood’s mega star that stood for conservative values. While stars like Brando protested for rights and various causes, Wayne stood on the side of conservative America’s pro war, patriotic machine. The Duke was all about what was right, in his own opinion and that of his following.
In 1974 members of the Harvard Lampoon called him a phony in the middle of a function. The underclassmen went as far as calling him out on his toupee. Wayne turned things around by saying that his hair was real, just not his.
With differing views and fresh off serious political turmoil in the conservative scene, the Duke could still charm a crowd.