Clint Eastwood on gay marriage: leave everybody alone!
Clint Eastwood has offered a surprising stance on gay marriage, following his infamous speech at the Republican's National Convention.
The four-time Oscar winner told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he considers himself to be a Libertarian more than a Republican, and adopts the Libertarian philosophy to "leave everybody alone," when it comes to gay marriage.
The 82-year-old actor and director said on "Ellen" that he believed both Republicans and Democrats have been behaving like a bunch of "drunken sailors."
During his RNC speech, Eastwood used a chair to represent President Barack Obama and addressed the chair with questions and spoke of Obama's unfulfilled promise to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the unemployment rate in the country and lawyers.
Eastwood was unapologetic about his speech, which ran for 12 minutes, though he was told to speak for five.
"The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile," Eastwood told DeGeneres. "And the Republicans knew I was!"
Immediately after Eastwood's speech a parody Twitter account called "Invisible Obama" began Tweeting about the convention and Eastwood. At press time the account had over 69,917 followers.
The stunt also prompted a new internet meme known as "Eastwooding," where people share photos of themselves next to empty chairs.
President Obama recently told USA Today that he is a "huge Clint Eastwood fan" and that he believes the Academy Award-winner is "a great actor, and an even better director."
When asked if he was offended by Eastwood's criticism, President Obama said, "One thing about being president or running for president - if you're easily offended, you should probably choose another profession."
Watch a clip from Clint Eastwood's appearance on "Ellen" below.