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Oscars apologize to actress Sashen Littlefeather for the first time in 50 years

LOS ANGELES – The Oscars have apologized to Sashen Littlefeather, a Native American woman who was booed off stage nearly 50 years ago.

The activist and actress appeared on live television in 1973 and rejected Marlon Brando’s Oscar for The Godfather.

Brando turned down the Best Actor award because the US film industry misrepresented Native Americans, and went instead to Littlefeather.

The Academy said Littlefeather endured “unjust and unjust” abuse after her brief speech.

“I never thought I’d be alive until the day I heard this,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Littlefeather, who was 26 at the time, was jeered and shunned by the entertainment industry after his speech at the awards ceremony.

According to organizers, her speech was the first political statement at a televised ceremony and the start of a trend that continues to this day.

Introducing herself on behalf of Brand, who wrote a “very long speech,” she briefly told the audience, “It is with great regret that I cannot accept this very generous award.”

“And the reason for this is the film industry today and the treatment of American Indians in film reruns on television, and the recent events in Woundney,” she said. At a place of great importance to the Sioux people, referring to the conflict.

She was booed and cheered by the audience.

In 2020, Littlefeather told the BBC that he had to leave the stage with two security guards immediately after his speech. staff had secured it), she added, “that was very good.” She said he was “furious at Marlon and mad at me” and that he wanted to pull himself off the stage.

Some people used the “Tomahawk chop”, considered a humiliating gesture to Native Americans as she passed by.

Brando had written a longer speech, but Littlefeather was instructed by the award ceremony production team to keep the denial to 60 seconds.

It was televised to 85 million people. In some media reports after the event, Littlefeather claimed that he was not a true native American and agreed to the speech to help his acting career. Some speculated that she might be Brando’s mistress.

She told the BBC that all these claims were untrue.

“The abuse you received was … unjust and unjust,” David Rubin, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, wrote in a letter to Littlefeather published Monday.

“It continues to remind us of the need for respect and the importance of human dignity,” Rubin said of his speech at the 45th Academy Awards.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will host an event in September, where Littlefeather will discuss her appearance at the 1973 Oscars and the future of indigenous representation on screen.

In response to the apology, she said: “We Indians are very patient people. It’s only been 50 years!”

She added that maintaining a sense of humor is “our way of survival”.— BBC

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