The veteran director and actor made headlines when he controversially said people have become too sensitive nowadays and are too ready to call out remarks for being racist during an interview with his son Scott for Esquire. He said millennials have become the "p**sy generation" that are far too eager to label comments racist when they should "Just f**king get over it".

His remarks have received backlash on Twitter, with many users accusing him of being out of touch with the times and highlighting the fact that when the 86-year-old was growing up, many schools were still segregated.

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea was one of those annoyed by the comments, and he told fans he is happy to be grouped in with the new generation if that means the issue of racism is being tackled.

"Hey Clint Eastwood count me in as a p**sy as we aspire to evolve above racism," he tweeted.

Eastwood made the comments when he defended Republican presidential nominee Trump's public remarks, which have been seen as racist, saying that although Trump says "dumb things" people are making too much of a fuss about calling them racist.

"We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist," he said. "But everybody – the press and everybody’s going, ‘Oh, well, that’s racist’, and their making a big hoodoo out of it... Just f**king get over it. It’s a sad time in history.”