All The Native American Actors Just Walked Off An Adam Sandler Movie
About a dozen Native American actors – including the Native cultural advisor – walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s new movie The Ridiculous Six on Wednesday after realizing that the script was racist and not funny which was the exact opposite of what they were told. Indian Country Today Media Network reports:
The examples of disrespect included Native women’s names such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee.
“There were about a dozen of us who walked off the set,” said [Loren] Anthony, who told ICTMN he had initially refused to do the movie. He then agreed to take the job when producers informed him they had hired a cultural consultant and efforts would be made for tasteful representation of Natives.
“I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this and I wasn’t down for it. Then they told me it was going to be a comedy, but it would not be racist. So I agreed to it but on Monday things started getting weird on the set,” he said.
Netflix – who acquired the rights to the movie after it was at Sony then Paramount which should’ve been a huge red flag – has since issued a statement defending the production. Via Deadline:
“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” said a spokesperson for the streaming service Thursday. “It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”
Read: “Oh, well, we’re just going to put a bunch of feathers on Rob Schneider.” And before assholes start slamming their fists on their desks because, “Dammit, why is everyone so sensitive?!” – Off the top of my hand, we slaughtered an entire culture then ran them off their land? – it’s a fucking Adam Sandler movie. That right there is enough reason for anyone to walk off. Case closed. Adam Sandler himself probably looks around once or twice a day and goes, “Goddammit, I’m in an Adam Sandler movie,” and has to be tied down in his trailer before he makes a run for it. There’s no escape for him. This is his fate, his punishment…
Photo: Loren Anthony