Offended Native American Actors Walk Off Set of Adam Sandler Netflix Movie
An Adam Sandler movie might have finally gone too far.
A group of Native American actors walked off the set of The Ridiculous Six, the first film in Sandler’s four-movie deal with Netflix. Roughly a dozen actors and actresses quit over jokes that include an Apache woman urinating outdoors while smoking a peace pipe, and characters named Beaver’s Breath and No Bra. The actors believed these jokes were insulting and racist toward Native Americans.
However, Netflix is standing behind Sandler on this one, saying the actors simply missed the point of the jokes, because I guess we’re supposed to believe Sandler’s movies are suddenly known for their subtlety.
A rep for Netflix told TMZ, “The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous.” Apparently, the movie is intended to be a send-up of Westerns, parodying the Cowboys-and-Indians culture of classic Western films. More pointedly, it’s supposed to be a riff on The Magnificent Seven, with a crazy cast that includes Sandler, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice as Mark Twain, for some reason.
The rep would go on to add that the Native American cast “is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”
Actor Loren Anthony had initially tweeted how much fun he was having on the project, but his tune changed following an apparent show of disrespect on the set. Following today’s walkout, he tweeted, “Today work was no bueno, my native women were disrespected and i walked off set.”
Since then, Anthony has received an outpouring of support from Native Americans applauding their integrity for walking away from such a big opportunity over a matter of principle. I suppose we won’t know just how offensive the jokes were until the movie — or at least a trailer — comes out. But I do have respect for these people sticking to their guns and taking a stand, even if it is costing them a movie paycheck. Not a lot of people stick to their principles like that.