Apr 24, 2015 3:46 PM
Adam Sandler's Western script offends Native American cast members on set
Manchester favorite Adam Sandler is in the midst of a controversy as his next film has caused quite an uproar.
According to CNN, some feel the “The Ridiculous Six” script is insulting to Native Americans and women, and it has caused about a dozen Native Americans to leave the set in protest.
The film, written by Sandler and Frank Coraci, includes characters named “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra.”
According to the Indian Country Today Media Network, when actors first voiced their opinions, they were immediately shut down by producers.
“They told us, ‘If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave,’” said Allison Young, a Navajo and one of the actors who left the set.
The ICTMN also reported the film portrays an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe.
“Nothing has changed,” Young said. “We are still just Hollywood Indians.”
Loren Anthony, a Navajo actor, blamed the stereotypical costumes the actors were required to wear for his reason for walking out and posted his decision on Twitter.
The film hired a Native American adviser to ensure the film’s cultural authenticity but according to ICTMN, the adviser has also left the set.
Sandler, who has yet to publicly comment on the issue, is feeling the heat from people who have taken to his Facebook page. Users’ comments to the comedian include “Adam Sandler has no class” and “Boycott Adam Sandler.”
Netflix, that signed the film as part of a four-picture deal, defended the movie in a statement saying, “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.”
For now, the Native American cast members are holding out on participating in the film until the producers can listen to them and address the issue.