"I would rather see a white male protagonist with a murderer who killed the white dudes family than see him with a Black woman"
"Black women just need to stay single and alone so I can see my two favorite white dudes fuck"
"I dont care about the rape and torture of a Black woman in the narrative…
"But the white male protagonist shouldnt be attracted to the Black woman cus THERES A WHITE WOMAN HE COULD BE WITH INSTEAD!"
"The Black woman just needs to be single because having love would ‘diminish her character.’ Wait, lemme fawn over the love octagon the white woman is getting tho"
"Oh the Black woman is being emotionally abused by the protagonist? Thats what she gets for not being a white woman."
"Black women are a threat to the ‘queer relationship’ between my two favorite white guys."
"NOT ALL OF WHITE FANDOM!"
"The black female character is just useless. She didnt do anything despite saving the world."
"I only liked the black female character when she wasnt a threat to my two white folks ship anymore"
"But Black women should have only been slaves in the Medieval times! Not Queens!"
"How dare a black guy be a knight!"
"You cant make this character Black! They are supposed to represent a UNIVERSAL group!"
"I just cant see this character as Black because the book described the character as innocent, ya know?"
"I didnt feel bad when the Black character got killed in a horrific way. But I’m not racist tho."
"Well who cares that the book said the character was black from an all black neighborhood and surrounded by black people. The best actors for the job were chosen!"
"WHY IS A MAJOR CHARACTER BLACK? IF THEY MADE A MOVIE IN AFRICA ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE EVERYONE WOULD BE MAD!"
"I WILL NEVER EVER SHIP THIS BLACK WOMAN CUS MY TWO FAVORITE WHITE BOYS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO SHOUKD BE FUCKING!"
"So what if we’ve ignored the moc main character all this time! The black woman was MEAN TO HIM AND SO SHE DESERVES TO DIE!"
"Its homophobic to have a black woman in a relationship with one of the main white male characters."
"She is lazy and never does anything and doesn’t deserve her spot"
"I dont see how the white male lead could be attracted to her black woman self. He should be with the white woman who caused the world to end, almost killed him and tortured his family. Shes a better choice."
"I used to love this Black woman when she was an emotionless Mammy to the white folks but then she started having feelings and actually had a relationship with one of the main white male characters and that’s just not how this is supposed to work"
"But why is this black woman crying when someone she cares about is dying? Ugh, she’s so whiny"
"See, the white woman was such a better role model despite doing nothing the whole time!"
"But I just see the Black woman as a sister/mentor/anything other than a woman in a sexual relationship with teh main white male character"
"But they are married despite the fact that death has already parted them and thus their wedding vows are null and void"
"I’m sorry, I just can’t accept the black female lead as a suitable love interest because black women need to be strong and independent and devoid of any sort of sexual interest okay!"
I got dressed in my traditional Indian regalia, but there was a man, he was the producer of the whole show. He took that speech away from me and he warned me very sternly. “I’ll give you 60 seconds or less. And if you go over that 60 seconds, I’ll have you arrested. I’ll have you put in handcuffs.”
- Sacheen Littlefeather in Reel Injun(2009), dir. Neil Diamond.
They were MAD, CONFUSED AND PRESSED that Marlon Brando would betray White Supremacy in this way.
To this very day, they are TWISTED over this.
And when Littlefeather got up there and READ THEM FOR FILTH, they GAGGED. For eons.
So I imagine there are people like me out there who’ve never even heard of Marlon Brando and are extremely confused over why this is important.
Marlon Brando was the Don in The Godfather, and in 1973, he was nominated for and won an Academy Award for it. However, he was also a huge Natives rights activist, and boycotted the ceremony because he felt that Hollywood’s depictions of Native Americans in the media led to the Wounded Knee Incident (which I was always taught as “the second massacre at Wounded Knee” but apparently that’s not the real name). He sent Sacheen Littlefeather, an Apache Native rights activist, in his stead. Wikipedia’s article on her explains the rest:
Brando had written a 15-page speech for Littlefeather to give at the ceremony, but when the producer met her backstage he threatened to physically remove her or have her arrested if she spoke on stage for more than 60 seconds. Her on-stage comments were therefore improvised. She then went backstage and read the entire speech to the press. In his autobiography My Word is My Bond, Roger Moore (who presented the award) claims he took the Oscar home with him and kept it in his possession until it was collected by an armed guard sent by the Academy.
That is what this gifset is about.
You have GOT to read up on this. The Wounded Knee Incident, Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather, Anna Mae Aquash. ALL OF IT.