This guy? Insensitive to other races, cultures and creeds? Preposterous!
Apparently the insensitivity reached a fever pitch on the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday. Why? For reasons you’d expect- really crude, unfunny jokes and digs at the Navajo nation. Indian Country Today reports:
Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday. The actors, who were primarily from the Navajo nation, left the set after the satirical western’s script repeatedly insulted native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture.
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.
The film, which is said to be a spoof of The Magnificent Seven and was written by Adam Sandler and his frequent collaborator Tim Herlihy, is currently under production by Happy Madison Productions for a Netflix-only release. The movie will star Adam Sandler, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice.
Among the actors who walked off the set were Navajo Nation tribal members Loren Anthony, who is also the lead singer of the metal band Bloodline, and film student Allison Young. Anthony says that though he understands the movie is a comedy, the portrayal of the Apache was severely negligent and the insults to women were more than enough reason to walk off the set.
“There were about a dozen of us who walked off the set,” said 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.
Firstly, did any of these people read the script before shooting? Was this a surprise? But SECONDLY, Adam Sandler- these lame-ass antics won’t work in todays’ much more sophisticated entertainment climate.
Also, VANILLA ICE. You can definitely bet he won’t be walking off his one gig in the last 10 years…