Actor and Director Clint Eastwood has been focused by “cancel culture” on social media this week over a clip from a Nineteen Seventies awards present.

The clip in query comes from the 1973 Academy Awards through which actor Marlon Brando famously refused to settle for his award for Best Actor in “The Godfather” and as an alternative despatched a Native American activist on stage to lament Hollywood’s remedy of American Indians by the movie business.

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 “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, stated on the rostrum. “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 the moment had performed roles in a number of in style western films together with “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and the cop traditional “Dirty Harry,” then took to the stage to current the award for Best Picture to “The Godfather” and referenced Littlefeather’s remarks earlier than giving out the award.

“I don’t know if I should present this award, on behalf of all the cowboys shot in all the John Ford Westerns over the years,” Eastwood joked.

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Forty-eight years later, that joke drew the ire of progressive activist Rafael Shimunov who attacked the legendary actor and director over the clip.

“1973: Native American actor Sacheen Littlefeather boo’d (and cheered) by Hollywood at the Oscars before being mocked by Clint Eastwood and almost physically assaulted by John Wayne simply for asking that Indigenous people not to be dehumanized in film,” Shimunov tweeted to his over 50,000 followers earlier this week.

Shimunov then added a number of articles to the thread accusing Eastwood, who just lately launched a movie known as “Cry Macho,” of racism through the years.

The marketing campaign towards Eastwood seems to have fizzled out with lots of the commenters on the thread defending the 91-year-old “Cry Macho” director.