On Friday, we talked about how Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s new film, Ridiculous Six. Netflix was dumb enough to pick this movie up after several studios said no (and for good reason). The Native characters were stereotypically drawn and given ridiculous names like “Smoking Fox” and “No Bra,” and the whole movie seemed like an unending trickle of racist jokes against Native women and elders.
There are a few updates. Defamer published parts of the script, and the excerpts are worse than one can imagine. Lots of names like “Sits on Face,” “Raspberry T*ts,” and “Flaming Wolf,” who speaks in broken English. A character jokes about putting the “peepee” in someone’s “teepee.” Netflix originally defended the movie as a “broad satire” in which all characters are in on the joke. The film’s Native American actors obviously disagreed.
Adam Sandler hasn’t said anything about this movie yet. But the movie does have one defender from its cast. Vanilla Ice, who plays Mark Freaking Twain, seems to think that he’s the definitive source on this movie’s offensiveness because he’s part Choctaw. He spoke with TMZ and dropped the following nonsense:
“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. They’re not there to showcase anything about anybody — they’re just making a funny movie, I think. I don’t have anything to do with it. I just play my part.”
So Ice thinks this movie is perfectly cool because it’s only making jokes. This isn’t supposed to be a documentary, you guys. It’s a comedy. Lighten up and play that funky music. Because (as AV Club points out) Vanilla Ice would never participate in the appropriation of anyone’s culture … except when it comes to his own rap career.
Oh, and guess who else stars in Ridiculous Six? Terry Crews! (Dude, I expected so much better from you.)
Photos courtesy of Vanilla Ice on Instagram, Fame/Flynet & WENN