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"I don’t think people realize what the motion picture industry has done to the American Indian, and a matter of fact, all ethnic groups. All minorities. All non-whites. People just simply don’t realize. They took it for granted that that’s the way people are going to be presented, and that these cliches were just going to be perpetuated. So when someone makes a protest of some kind and says, ‘No, please don’t present the Chinese this way.' ... On this network, you can see silly renditions of human behavior. The leering Filipino houseboy, the wily Japanese or the kook or the gook. The idiot black man, the stupid Indian. It goes on and on and on, and people don’t realize how deeply these people are injured by seeing themselves represented—not the adults, who are already inured to that kind of pain and pressure, but the children. Indian children, seeing Indians represented as savage, ugly, vicious, treacherous, drunken—they grow up only with a negative image of themselves, and it lasts a lifetime." Link: http://www.newsweek.com/marlon-brando-boycotted-oscars-native-americans-418545
My dad and I were talking about this interview a couple of days ago. My grandfather was so proud that Brando did this and he forever supported his movies because of it. :) It's very sad that people still don't get it.
This was such a great interview. It's so sad that even years later people don't take this issue seriously. People have even spread lies about Sacheen Littlefeather (the activist that he asked to speak in lieu of receiving the Academy Award) stating that she isn't really Native American (she is) or that what she was wearing was a costume (it was not). Really good to bring this up right now- it's pertinent to the discussion we've been having about the awards @Patmanmeow @ThePervySage @KyleBerke
We actually took a look at this case in my film studies class! It's crazy how this issue still exists today, take the movie Aloha for example.
Great interview and yes @shannonl5 it's sad that these problems are still prevalent forty years later.
I really like Brando for that reason too @ButterflyBlu also his movies are just all really good.