More than 10 Native American actors and actresses walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous Six” Netflix movie, citing problems with racial jokes and factual inaccuracies.
Indian Country Today reported the actors, who were mostly from the Navajo nation
, said the satirical production insulted Native American women and “misrepresented the 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,” Indian Country Today said.
The movie is billed as a spoof of “The Magnificent Seven,” and it stars Sandler, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd, and others.
One of the actors who walked off the set was Loren Anthony, lead singer of the Bloodline band, who told Indian Country that even though the movie is a comedy, it was severely insulting to the Apache.
“There were about a dozen of us who walked off the set,” Anthony told the publication, and explained that he initially turned down the project. He changed his mind when he was told a cultural consultant would assure tasteful representation of Native Americans.
A Netflix spokesperson, in a statement issued Thursday and quoted by Variety, said, “The movie has ridiculous
in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. 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.”
Just three days ago, Anthony posted a photo from the set on Instragram, saying he was “feeling blessed to be here.”
On another Instagram photo posted from the set
, someone wrote to Anthony, “If you were looking for cultural sensitivity in an Adam Sandler movie, I'm sorry but you're to blame.”
But many went online to support the decision to walk off the set:
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