Cell phone footage has emerged from disagreements over the set of Adam Sandler’s controversial Western parody Ridiculous Six, which prompted a dozen Native American actors to leave the set over offensive racist stereotypes.
Actors, including Navajo natives, left the set last week, complaining about characters called Beaver’s Breath and Wears No Bra and a scene where an actress portrayed an Apache woman was forced to squat and urinate in smoking a peace pipe.
The images, broadcast by Indian country today, shows the film’s producers offering little sympathy to the actors and their concerns.
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Cell phone footage emerged of disagreements on the set of Adam Sandler’s new film that prompted a dozen Native American actors to leave the set over offensive racist stereotypes
Comedian Sandler has not commented on the charges against his film which is said to be a parody of famous westerns like The Magnificent Seven
“If you’re too sensitive about this, you should probably go,” the actors can be heard telling one producer – who has not been identified.
He also informs the cast that the character’s name, Beaver Breath, was not going to be changed due to their objections.
The producer also says that nothing in the script was meant to be disrespectful, to which one of the cast replies, “Are you trying to tell a native what’s disrespectful?”
Among those who came out was Loren Anthony, a member of the Navajo Nation tribe, who is also the lead vocalist for a metal band, Bloodline.
“There were about a dozen of us leaving the set,” he said.
“I was asked a long time ago to work on this and I didn’t agree with it,” he told the Indian Country Today Media Network. “Then they told me it would be a comedy, but it wouldn’t be racist. “
“So I accepted, but on Monday things started to get weird on set,” Anthony added.
Another Native American actor, Allison Young, said, “We spoke to the producers about our concerns.
“They just told us, ‘If you’re that sensitive you should go. “I was right there and I got moved and with tears in my eyes. I didn’t want to cry but the feeling washed over me.
The footage shows the producers of the film discussing their concerns with the cast, although the cast are told the offending names will not be changed.
“It’s supposed to be a comedy that makes you laugh. A movie like this shouldn’t make anyone feel that way. Nothing has changed … We are still just Hollywood Indians. ‘
She told CNN on Friday that the cultural advisor on set was the first person to leave, “and we followed her lead,” adding that two of the Native American characters were played by white actresses.
“Especially one scene that offended me a lot is when a Native American woman… passed out on the floor, and the brothers pour alcohol on her, then she jumps up and starts dancing with everyone. “
The film, written by Sandler, is meant to be a parody of famous westerns like The Magnificent Seven.
Rapper Vanilla Ice, who plays author Mark Twain in the film, championed comedy.
A dozen Native American extras and the cultural advisor walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s new film (seated above in wig) The Ridiculous 6 on Wednesday
‘It’s not Dancing with Wolves. It’s a comedy, “he said in an interview with TMZ. Ice said, however, that he can see both sides of the issue, as he is part of Choctaw himself.
The film is the first of a four-frame deal Sandler has made with Netflix. The company released a statement Friday that implied Native Americans were overly sensitive to what were clearly jokes.
“The film has a ridiculous title for a reason: because it’s ridiculous. It’s a broad satire of Western films and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not just part of – but also – a joke.
The film, directed by Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, also stars Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice.
Among the many issues Anthony cited were the costumes used, the way the hair was styled, and the film’s treatment of women.
Loren Anthony (above with Nick Nolte in the background) was one of the extras who left the set
“We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we didn’t look like Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche, ”he explained.
“One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver’s Breath. A character says “Hey, Beaver’s Breath”. And the native woman said, “How did you know my name? “
In another scene, an Apache woman is seen squatting and urinating while smoking a pipe.
As for the dress, the Apaches do not wear their hair in braids or around the neck whereas it is common for Comache.
To make matters worse, Anthony says no one felt listened to by the production team.
“They just treated us like we just needed to be next door,” Anthony said.
Anthony (right with actor Saginaw Grant) said the film was offensive to Native American women
Vanilla Ice (above as Mark Twain) with Sandler in the background in a red bandana was back on set on Thursday
Anthony said that although the film is about the Apache (traditional dress on the left), the extras were dressed more like Comanche (traditional dress on the right), with braids and a choker
“When we spoke with the lead director, he was trying to say that the disrespect was unintentional and that it was a comedy.”
The cultural advisor meanwhile asked to speak to Sandler according to an extra, but was refused, and when that extra, Goldie Tom, later complained, he was told; “It’s in the script and we’re not going to change it.”
Tom later said on his Facebook; “I had time to sit down and think about everything that was going on on the set of this movie The Ridiculous Six.
“Something was wrong, my heart was heavy while on set but still trying to make the most of it. But after finding out what was in the script and what certain scenes in the movie portrayed, a group of us left the set upset and heart pounding because of the lack of respect from our natives.
“It has been an emotional and overwhelming time since we left the field, but we stood up for what we think is right and we will stand by our decision. Again and always will represent OUR PEOPLE !!! ‘
Blake Shelton (above with Whitney Cummings) has a small role in the film
Steve Buscemi also has a role in the film (above with director Coraci)