Video: Adam Sandler's Producer Calls Native Actors 'Overly Sensitive'
Just last week, a group of Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler's latest comedy, Ridiculous 6, saying that they were offended by the jokes stereotyping their culture. A cellphone video recording has recently been released, showing the actors confronting the filmmakers, and one producer calling them "overly sensitive."
Indian Country Today Media Network got their hands on the video, recorded by actor Goldie Tom. He was one of the actors who walked off set in New Mexico last Wednesday.
The video starts off with a producer telling the group, "Here's the thing: if you're overly sensitive about it...then you should probably leave."
The actors complained that the Apache culture was being misrepresented in the film, and that costumes were off, making them look like they were from a Comanche tribe. The characters had offensive names like Beaver's Breath and No Bra. Even the cultural consultant hired for the film walked off set because he was frustrated.
In the clip, one of the actors says, "We don't need to sell out our people." A producer responds with, "I understand completely...but we're not going to change Beaver's Breath."
Another crewmember tries to explain to the group that Native Americans aren't the ones they're mocking. She says, "Adam Sandler is playing a person that loves you guys..." to which a producer adds, "He's the hero."
The filmmakers keep telling the actors that they're not trying to be disrespectful. One actor, who's visibly upset, says, "You're trying to tell a Native what's disrespectful to them? I'm saying you're calling me names and I'm saying that's disrespectful and you're saying it's not?"
Defamer got a copy of Ridiculous 6's script, which had bad jokes like a woman named Sits-On-Face squatting behind a teepee and peeing while she smoked a peace pipe.
Ridiculous 6 is meant to be a spoof off of old Westerns like The Magnificent Seven. Sandler, who co-wrote the script, also stars in it. It's rumored that he's playing an orphan who grew up with a Native American tribe.
A spokesperson for Netflix said that the actors misunderstood the comedy behind the movie in a statement: "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."
Vanilla Ice, a co-star in the film, defended Sandler to TMZ: "This movie isn't 'Dancing with Wolves' ... it's comedy."