When referring to Charles Chaplin marrying a young girl, Archie says that "They chased him out of the country for that." Though in reality Chaplin's public image had been tarnished in the United States due to his vocal activism and political stances in the 1940's and early 1950's. His activism led some to question whether he was a communist or a communist sympathizer, which in the "Red Scare" era of McCarthyism was enough to turn political sentiment against him. Though he had lived and worked in the country for decades he was not a citizen, thus when Chaplin sailed to London, England for the premiere of his film Limelight (1952) he was informed that his re-entry permit to the United States had been revoked by the U.S. Attorney General.
Edith mentions that "They finally gave him and an Academy Award for that." Charles Chaplin did receive an honorary Oscar at the 44th Academy Awards ceremony (April 10, 1972) for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century". Though he had been exiled from the USA (and Hollywood) for 20 years he came to accept the award in person and received a 12 minute standing ovation, the longest in the history of the Oscar's.