Back in the day, and for a long time even, Arnold Schwarzenegger used the term Girlie Man to describe, well, girlie men, mostly politicians. The opposite of course would be a manly man!
But in a new interview with Men’s Health magazine, Schwarzenegger is abjectly apologetic over using the term now.
“At the time it felt like the right thing to do. It was in my gut. I improvised it. I called them girlie men because they weren’t willing to take risks,” the actor told the magazine.
“They were afraid of everything,” he explained. “Politicians, in general, want to do little things, so there’s no risk involved.”
But, today there are regrets. Schwarzenegger now says his rhetoric was counterproductive. “It was shortsighted. In the long term, it’s better to not say that, because you want to work with them.”
“If you have a little sense of history, you know that the best things are accomplished when both parties work together and start compromising like Ronald Reagan did with Tip O’Neill,” Schwarzenegger told the magazine. “They argued in public and attacked each other, but with a little wink. That’s why so much got done in the Reagan administration. When you can reach out across the aisle and work together, you can get much more accomplished, rather than ‘girlie men’ or ‘fuck you’ or ‘it’s my way or the highway.’”