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Adam Sandler: Native Americans Reportedly Walk Off Set Over Offensive Script

Fri, April 24, 2015 11:09am EDT by 3 Comments
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Uh oh. On the set of Adam Sandler’s new movie, several Native American actors walked off the set due to the offensive nature of the script, according to a report.

Adam Sandler might be in some hot water. On April 22, while on the set of Adam’s upcoming film, The Ridiculous Six, about 12 actors reportedly walked off the set due to the film’s offensive content towards both Native Americans and women. Now, a few of those actors (most of whom are from Navajo nation) have spoken out about what drove them to actually walk off the iconic star’s set.

Adam Sandler: Native Americans Walk Off Set

Though filming is not even complete, Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous Six is already getting a ton of flack for being disrespectful and offensive.

On April 22, while production was underway in Las Vegas, several of the actors walked off the set, according to Indian Country Today Media Network. “There were about a dozen of us who walked off the set,” Loren Anthony told the outlet. “I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this and I wasn’t down for it. 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,” he added.

The film, which is a satirical western meant to spoof The Magnificent Seven, mocks both native women and elders and “grossly misrepresented Apache culture.”

‘This Is Supposed To Be A Comedy’

Specifically, actors cited examples of disrespect which 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.”

Another actor on the film, Allison Young, explained why she was so upset by the experience. “When I began doing this film, I had an uneasy feeling inside of me and I felt so conflicted,” she said. “I talked to a former instructor at Dartmouth and he told me to take this as finally experiencing stereotyping first hand. We talked to the producers about our concerns. They just told us, ‘If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.’ I was just standing there and got emotional and teary-eyed. I didn’t want to cry but the feeling just came over me. This is supposed to be a comedy that makes you laugh. A film like this should not make someone feel this way.”

Do you think it was right for the actors to walk off the set?

— Casey Mink