A new video has been released which shows just how bad a time Native Americans were having on the set of Adam Sandler’s new movie “The Ridiculous Six.” If you have been following the news lately then you already know that a dozen people walked off the set last week complaining that the movie is offensive to American Indians.
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One of the movie’s actors, Goldie Tom, made the video. It was released by Indian Country Today Media Network, which also first broke the news of the Native American crew members quitting the film. The video has now gone viral.
The video shows the Native American actors complaining about the movie to producers. In it you can clearly hear one producer tell them rather condescendingly, “Here’s the thing. If you are overly sensitive about it then you should probably leave.”
Talk about insensitivity!
One actor says, “We’re not going to sell out our people.”
To this the producer replied, “We’re not going to change Beaver Breath. It’s in the movie.” Beaver Breath is one of the many names of Indians in the movie that the Native American cast members found to be offensive.
One woman not seen tries to placate the crew members by saying that the script actually mocks everyone in the movie but the Indians. Her words fell on deaf ears.
The movie, being made for Netflix and co-written by Sandler, is clearly meant to be a spoof of ”The Magnificent Seven.” It is due out in 2016 and of course co-stars Steve Buscemi and David Spade.
After the walk out Netflix released a statement saying, “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.”