Adam Sandler Under Fire After Native American Actors Walk Off Ridiculous Six Set; Netflix Responds To Controversy
Adam Sandler is under fire after a dozen Native American actors walked off the set of his latest Netflix film The Ridiculous Six in New Mexico on Wednesday, upset at culturally insensitive jokes in the script. The extras were outraged over jokes in the script that reportedly “insulted native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture.” Among the offensive jokes were the names of two Native American female characters, Beaver’s Breath and No Bra. One scene also called for a woman to urinate while smoking a peace pipe.
Netflix responded to the controversy in a statement released on Thursday, defending Sandler and the production. “The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” a Netflix representative said. “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.”
Despite the outcry from the Native American actors, production of the Netflix film was never halted. The film is slated to star Rob Schneider, Nick Nolte, Terry Crews, Steve Buscemi, Will Forte, Vanilla Ice, Luke Wilson and Whitney Cummings. A release date for the film has yet to be announced.
Loren Anthony, one of the actors who walked off the set, told the Indian Country Today Media Network that the Native American actors started to get uncomfortable earlier this week once more details of the script became known. “I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this and I wasn’t down for it,” said Anthony. “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.” Tell us what you think about the controversy.