John Wayne wanted to drag Sacheen Littlefeather off the stage at the 1973 Oscars

She further noted that Wayne was waiting backstage at the 1973 Oscars to drag her off the stage. However, “he had to be restrained by six security men.”
“I did not put up my fist in protest; I did not use profanity,” Littlefeather said. “I used politeness; eloquence and quiet strength were my tools of delivering a message about the rights of Native American people to be employed in an industry where a stereotype was being put forth that was not healthy for us. We did not have jobs in the industry, we were excluded.”
As a result of Littlefeather drawing attention to Wounded Knee, the FBI came at her “with a vengeance.”
“They boycotted me; they went around to the production companies and said if you hire her we will shut you down,” Littlefeather said. “They planted lies about me and started malicious gossip. I was not allowed to be on any talk shows. I was the subject, talked about maliciously, but I was not allowed to be on their shows.”
John Wayne had a statement for Marlon Brando for not showing up
Wayne’s frustration at the events of the 1973 Oscars didn’t stop with trying to storm the stage. He had other thoughts regarding Brando’s decision to boycott the event and have Littlefeather stand in his place.
Wayne said to Entertainment Weekly, “If [Brando] had something to say, he should have appeared that night and stated his views instead of taking some little unknown girl and dressing her up in an Indian outfit.”
However, Brando didn’t stay silent on the matter. He talked about the big Oscars moment to the media. Brando didn’t want to see so many of his peers so upset at him, but he believes that they didn’t handle the situation properly and should have heard her out.
“I was distressed that people should have booed and whistled and stomped, even though perhaps it was directed at myself,” Brando said. “They should have at least had the courtesy to listen to her.”

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