In 1973 Marlon Brando boycotted the Oscars to protest Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans. Two months later he appeared on the Dick Cavett Show and discussed the damage done to children when Hollywood perpetuates racial stereotypes
On March 27, 1973 Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather refused the Best Actor award on Marlon Brando's behalf. She was the first indigenous person to use the Oscars as a platform to protest the mistreatment of her people.
Hello. My name is Sacheen Littlefeather. I'm Apache and I am president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee.
I'm representing Marlon Brando this evening, and he has asked me to tell you in a very long speech which I cannot share with you presently, because of time, but I will be glad to share with the press afterwards, that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award.
And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry – excuse me [boos and cheers] – and on television in movie re-runs, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.
I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening, and that we will in the future, our hearts and our understandings will meet with love and generosity. Thank you on behalf of Marlon Brando. [applause]
On March 27, 1973 Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather refused the Best Actor award on Marlon Brando's behalf. She was the first indigenous person to use the Oscars as a platform to protest the mistreatment of her people.
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