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Adam Sandler‘s first Netflix movie The Ridiculous Six continues to make headlines.
Over the weekend, a cell phone video emerged showing a person, believed to have a producer role on the film, telling Native American actors that it would be best for them to leave the set if they are “overly sensitive” about the jokes in the film script.
The cell phone video from Goldie Tom, posted to YouTube by Indian Country Today, shows him telling actors, who call parts of the film “disrespectful”: “if you are overly sensitive about it…you should probably leave.”
He also says later: “It’s not meant to be disrespectful.”
“You guys are the good guys.” a woman working on the film is heard telling the Native American actors. “The people we are really making fun of, honestly, are the other gang members.”
The set departures came amid criticism of some of the jokes in the script. The actors said the jokes were disrespectful of women and elders and misrepresented their culture.
Rapper Vanilla Ice, who is part Choctaw Indian and plays Mark Twain in the film, defended the film, telling TMZ: “I don’t think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. This movie isn’t [Dances] With Wolves — it’s a comedy.”
The film is a spoof of Western classic The Magnificent Seven. It is the first in a four-movie deal between Sandler and Netflix that was announced in October. Will Forte, Steve Buscemi, Taylor Lautner, Terry Crews and Rob Schneider are also starring in the movie. Frank Coraci is directing based on the script by Sandler and Tim Herlihy.
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