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Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Adam Sandler movie insults first nations actors.

 "The producers just told us, 'If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.'" —Alison Young

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.

The film, which is said to be a spoof of The Magnificent Seven and was written by Adam Sandler and his frequent collaborator Tim Herlihy, is currently under production by Happy Madison Productions for a Netflix-only release. The movie will star Adam Sandler, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice.

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.

“Nothing has changed,” said Young. “We are still just Hollywood Indians.”

...... 74-year old David Hill, Choctaw, a member of the American Indian Movement, also left the set. "They were being disrespectful," he said. "They were bringing up those same old arguments that Dan Snyder uses in defending the Redskins. But let me tell you, our dignity is not for sale.

Read full story here.

I'm a little surprised with Sandler, him been Jewish and all, imagine if someone would make a comedy and fun of them about the difficulties they went through in the 1930's and 40's....
They would be screaming all over the place.


Allison said...

After reading this, cant blame them,I wouldve walk out too.

Izabelle said...

I just lost respect for sandler

Nizhoni said...

Same here

Karen said...


Attakullakulla said...

I agree with what you said at the end,what if someone made fun of jews.