Actor and Director Clint Eastwood has been targeted by “cancel culture” on social media this week over a clip from a 1970s awards show.
The clip in question comes from the 1973 Academy Awards in which actor Marlon Brando famously refused to accept his award for Best Actor in “The Godfather” and instead sent a Native American activist on stage to lament Hollywood’s treatment of American Indians by the film industry.
“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,” the activist, Sacheen Littlefeather, said on the podium. “And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry, and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.”
Eastwood, who at that time had played roles in several popular western movies including “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and the cop classic “Dirty Harry,” then