A voice from the past

Saturday, February 06, 2016

A voice from the past

Remember Sacheen Littlefeather?

Sacheen Littlefeather at the 1973 Oscars ceremony

It's unsurprising that a journalist might seek out the 69-year-old Native American activist to ask her about the current Afro-American boycott of this year's Academy Awards led by Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee with the Twitter hashtag "#OscarSoWhite."

Which is exactly what Los Angeles Times' "Black Twitter" reporter Dexter Thomas did this week.

(Yes, there actually is a Twitter feed of that name!)

Meet the woman who refused Marlon Brando's Oscar and inspired Jada Pinkett Smith's boycott

"In 1973, Native American actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather refused Marlon Brando's Oscar in front of millions of viewers. On Brando's behalf, she used the opportunity to make a political statement decrying the stereotyping of Native Americans in movies and TV, and to support American Indian Movement activists at Wounded Knee, S.D."

I might be a tad more impressed with that interview with Ms. Littlefeather (née Marie Cruz, but White Mountain Apache and Yaqui on her father's side) if he'd asked about her decision to pose for Playboy.

Not that I object to those [nws] photos... she had as lush a body as her contemporary Susan Sarandon... but at the time it undercut her credibility as a serious activist.

Comments

1. Hampton West said...

Funny you should run her photo. I watched "Listen to Me Marlon" on ShoTime the other night, and, lo and behold, there she was reading a statement from Brando. Recall watching it when it happened. 1973?

Thought that was a terrific documentary, but it needs to be seen in conjunction with the "Apocalypse Now (3-disc Full Disclosure Edition)," specifically the audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola on what he went through to get not just a performance but any sort of work out of Brando.
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