Europe 1 with AFP 7:34 p.m., August 16, 2022
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it has issued an apology to Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American actress who was booed on stage at the Oscars for refusing an award on behalf of Marlon Brando. protest against Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans.
Almost 50 years after being booed on the Oscars stage for refusing an award on behalf of Marlon Brando in protest of Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans, Sacheen Littlefeather has received an apology from the Academy of Arts and of film sciences, the organization announced on Monday.
Actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather, who is Apache and Yaqui, had been jeered at the 1973 ceremony as she explained why Marlon Brando, who had not attended, could not accept his Best Actor Oscar for
She later claimed security guards had to stop Western star John Wayne from physically assaulting her.
"The insults you suffered because of this statement were misplaced and unwarranted," said the letter sent in June by then Academy President David Rubin.
"The emotional burden you have carried and the cost to your own career in our industry is irreparable."
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"For too long, the courage you have shown has gone unrecognized. For that, we offer you both our most sincere apologies and (we extend to you) our sincere admiration."
The Academy released this letter as it announced that Sacheen Littlefeather was invited to speak at the Oscars museum in Los Angeles on September 17.
"We Indians are very patient people - it's only been 50 years!"
reacted Sacheen Littlefeather, 75 years old today, in a press release.
"We have to keep our sense of humor about it, all the time. It's our means of survival," she added.
"It's heartwarming to see how so much has changed since I didn't accept the Oscar 50 years ago."
The museum, which opened last September, had pledged to confront the "problematic history" of the film industry, whether it was the racism that tainted
Gone with the Wind
or the recent controversies over the low representation of women and minorities.
He already discusses the welcome given to Sacheen Littlefeather on that famous evening in 1973.