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The actress of Apache origins discriminated against and offended at the Awards in 1973 for defending Native Americans, receives an apology after 50 years

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In 1973, on the stage of the Academy Awards, she was heavily insulted, insulted, discriminated against, and subjected to vitriolic criticism for standing up for Native Americans. Today, at the age of 75, the American actress of Apache origins, has been morally compensated by the insult she suffered. “It took 50 years but I managed it,” said Sacheen Littlefeather at a ceremony held in honor of her by the Academy Awards.

On the same stage, while today she was applauded and recognized the courage for having fought, going against the tide, until she was thrown out of the ceremony, at one time she was forced into a corner, undergoing the boycott of Hollywood that from that moment ignored her, refusing her parts and works on the set, only because she had dared to protest against the mistreatment of Native Americans by the American film industry on behalf of the actor Marlon Brando, the only one who supported her.

Today 75-year-old Littlefeather was honored by the same institution at an event titled “An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather”. During the event hosted at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles; she a woman she went on stage to thunderous applause and she remembered her protest visibly moved.

Littlefeather, who is part Apache and Yaqui, was onstage during the 1973 ceremony to explain why Marlon Brando was absent. Even the very famous actor had chosen the path of protest because he was unable to accept prizes and awards in the face of so much injustice.

Prior to the ceremony, Brando had decided to boycott the award to protest alongside indigenous rights protesters in the town of Wounded Knee, site of the 1890 Native American massacre. Brando also opposed the stereotypical way in which Native Americans were represented. in American films. So he had called Littlefeather, asking her to appear on her behalf and act as a spokesperson by reading a message. Even John Wayne, who was backstage at the time, would have been so enraged that some witnesses said he had to be detained with six security guards.

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In an apology letter read at Saturday’s event, the Academy said: “When you took the Oscar stage in 1973 for not accepting the Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, in recognition of the misrepresentation and mistreatment of the Native Americans by the film industry, you made a powerful statement that continues to remind us of the need for respect and the importance of human dignity. ‘

She replied, “I accept this apology not just for myself, but as recognition not just for me, but for our entire (Native American) nation. Our nation needs to hear these excuses ”.


The article is in Italian

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