Netflix Dismisses Report About Native American Actors Walking Off Adam Sandler Movie Set
"The movie has 'ridiculous' in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous," a Netflix representative told THR, noting that all the actors were "in on" the satirical jokes included in the script.
A group of Native American actors who signed on to appear in Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous 6 reportedly walked off set during filming on Wednesday.
The actors, who are all primarily associated with the Navajo people, left production when they found certain parts of the film's script to be both disrespectful toward women and elders and a general misrepresentation of Apache culture, according to an article by the Indian Country Today Media Network.
The script in question, the site reported, refers to two Native American women as "Beaver's Breath" and "No Bra," and it also features a scene in which an Apache woman is seen squatting and urinating while smoking a pipe.
When asked for comment, Netflix responded with this statement: "The movie has 'ridiculous' in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. 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."
Loren Anthony and Allison Young, both members of the Navajo Nation tribe, were two of the castmembers to find offense with the film's satirical take on Apache culture. "I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this, and I wasn't down for it," Anthony told ICTMN, noting that he initially had refused to appear in the film. "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."
Written by Sandler and Tim Herlihy, The Ridiculous 6 will star Will Forte, Danny Trejo, David Spade, Nick Nolte and Rob Schneider, among others. Sandler is also set to appear in the film, which is being produced by Happy Madison Productions and will be released exclusively on Netflix.