This picture hails from Loren Anthony’s Instagram page. Loren is a Native American actor who’s building up some credits, which includes appearing as an extra in Adam Sandler’s latest project. Adam’s currently filming a Netflix-acquired parody of The Magnificent Seven called The Ridiculous 6. I don’t know why anyone assumed this film would be a tasteful affair. Adam co-wrote the movie, along with Tim Herlihy, the mastermind pen-wielder behind such classics as Big Daddy, Grown Ups 2, and Happy Gilmore.
Loren didn’t have a good experience on the set of this film, which stars Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, and Vanilla Ice (as Mark Twain). It’s worth nothing that Warner Bros dumped the film, and Sony and Paramount wanted no part of it before Netflix fell into the pile. The film features Native American characters with names like “Smoking Fox,” “No Bra,” and “Screaming Eagle.” Now several Native actors have left the production because the movie is so freaking racist:
Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesday. The actors, who were primarily from the Navajo nation, left the set after the satirical western’s script repeatedly insulted native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture.
The examples of disrespect 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.
Among the actors who walked off the set were Navajo Nation tribal members Loren Anthony, who is also the lead singer of the metal band Bloodline, and film student Allison Young. Anthony says that though he understands the movie is a comedy, the portrayal of the Apache was severely negligent and the insults to women were more than enough reason to walk off the set.
“There were about a dozen of us who walked off the set,” said Anthony, who told ICTMN he had initially refused to do the movie. He then agreed to take the job when producers informed him they had hired a cultural consultant and efforts would be made for tasteful representation of Natives.
“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 said.
Anthony says he was first insulted that the movie costumes that were supposed to portray Apache were significantly incorrect and that the jokes seemed to get progressively worse.
“We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche,” he said. “One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver’s breath. One character says ‘Hey, Beaver’s Breath.’ And the Native woman says, ‘How did you know my name?’”
“They just treated us as if we should just be on the side. When we did speak with the main director, he was trying to say the disrespect was not intentional and this was a comedy.”.
[From Indian Country]
This publication also spoke to Allison Young, Navajo, who was disturbed by the rampant stereotyping once production began. Producers told her, “‘If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.’” She added “Nothing has changed. We are still just Hollywood Indians.” Another member named David Hill, Choctaw, said Sandler and his crew were “disrespectful” and “bringing up those same old arguments that Dan Snyder uses in defending the Redskins.” Hill laments that several of the extras will stay on the movie because they need the work.
This film sounds like yet another example of “casual racism“ that arrives with a Sandler film like Blended or countless other examples. Does anyone remember Don’t Mess with the Zohan? Ugh. Sandler likes to see himself as an equal-opportunity offender, but he’s just an insensitive d-bag who tries to elicit laughs with dumb voices and wee-wee jokes. The good news is that audiences are tired of his shtick, which is why this movie landed at Netlix. The bad news is that these Native American actors were treated so disrespectfully.
TMZ spoke to Netflix, who says the movie is supposed to be ridiculous. Their rep insists that the cast, including the extras, are “not only part of — but in on — the joke.” Sounds like this isn’t a very funny joke at all.
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