Native Americans walk off Adam Sandler set
24 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Sandler-scripted film The Ridiculous Six was shifted from Paramount to Netflix earlier this year as part of an exclusive four-film deal between the actor and the streaming service
A group of Native American actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler comedy, claiming the film is “totally disrespectful” of Apache culture.
Nine actors quit the set of Western satire The Ridiculous Six this week over its portrayal of Native Americans.
But Netflix, which commissioned the film, said it was a “broad satire” intended to send up stereotypes.
“The movie has ‘ridiculous’ in the title for a reason: Because it is ridiculous,” a Netflix statement said.
Actor Loren Anthony said producers ignored their concerns about the film’s approach to Native American culture and the inappropriate use of props.
“Right from the get-go, it didn’t feel right. But we it let it go,” the Navajo actor – an extra in the film – told the Associated Press.
“Once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women,” he added.
Issues included offensive names for Native American women, such as Beaver’s Breath and No Bra, and a scene which showed a Native American urinating while smoking a peace pipe.
Another extra, Goldie Tom, said producers on the New Mexico set told actors to leave if they were offended.
“This just shows that Hollywood has not changed at all,” said actress Tom, referring to long-held issues between the Native American community and the US film industry.
“Nothing has changed,” echoed Navajo actress Allison Young. “We are still just Hollywood Indians.”
The group also protested about the use of non-Native Americans in Native American roles and other alleged inaccuracies. …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment