The “Cajun John Wayne” is ready to emulate the ways of the infamous Dog the Bounty Hunter, even if his words have been called offensive. In a recent video on a channel gone viral, Saint Landry Parish Sheriff’s Captain Clay Higgins made a declaration that he will hunt down criminals like “animals.”
The local Louisiana populace appears to love him, taking the proactive approach to gang members and the like with a Cajun accent, a thirst for justice, and compassion for victims. However, the state’s ACLU has a proverbial bone to pick with the way Higgins worded his announcement toward the Gremlin gang.
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Though not Cajun himself, the original John Wayne had a reputation for being an all-American soldier who didn’t take anyone’s crap. He was the tough guy to be like, right up to the day he died. He was known as a model for the U.S. military, even though as Den of Geek points out, he never actually served. He simply made a lot of World War II films and became a role model instead of actually getting into the military.
“The Duke” had allegedly decided to avoid enlisting because there was more money to be made in Hollywood, and he figured by the time World War II was over, he’d be too old for action film roles.
Louisiana’s “Cajun John Wayne” is quite different, taking on the real threats on Southern soil and capturing it all on video. In the video above, where Higgins is standing in front of a line of officers and civilians covering a medium sized parking lot, he names seven wanted felons, and then proceeds to insult them. He calls them “uneducated 125-pound punks,” and refers to them holding their guns sideways.
The trend of holding guns sideways is mostly used in films and on TV to make gang members look tough and a bit unbalanced, and might not actually be what they do.
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Higgins follows this up by telling them he’s “easy to find.”
However, some of the words he chose in the video have a rather offensive undertone, and ACLU has released their own statement to counter the “Cajun John Wayne,” according to PINAC.
“He refers to those he seeks to arrest as ‘heathens.’ ‘Heathen’ is a religious term, and unless Mr. Higgins has specific information about the religious beliefs of those individuals, it is both inappropriate and incorrect. … [To] call someone a ‘heathen’ and equate that to ‘criminal’ is simply insulting, wrong, and potentially a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
Relatives of the men that the “Cajun John Wayne” called out in his latest video also had a problem with his choice of words. Coretta Williams is one of them.
“My son is a human being, not an animal, just as Mr. Higgins’ mother feels that he’s a human being and not an animal. It was uncalled for. It disgusts me, because [he’s] someone [who] serves the public … [Someone] with that magnitude to have such negative feelings towards the community that he is obligated to protect and serve did an injustice.”
Nola agrees that the “Cajun John Wayne’s” words went a little too far, even turning allegedly racist in his attempt to convince us he’s not. “Take a close look behind me. Standing next to every cop is a leader of our black community.”
What do you think about Captain Clay Higgins’ words in his latest video?
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