A group of Native American actors have walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s latest film, The Ridiculous Six, because the Netflix project was extremely offensive to their culture.
Loren Anthony, an actor that walked off the set, told Indian Country Today Media Network, “I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this and I wasn’t down for it. Then they told me it was going to be a comedy, but it would not be racist. So I agreed to it but on Monday things started getting weird on the set.”
He continued, “We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche…One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver’s breath. One character says ‘Hey, Beaver’s Breath.’ And the Native woman says, ‘How did you know my name?'”
The actor said that “there were about a dozen” Native American actors that left the set.
Netflix has since responded incident. “The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” said a spokesperson for the streaming service in a statement. “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.”
The film also stars Nick Nolte, Terry Crews, Steve Buscemi, Will Forte, Luke Wilson and Whitney Cummings.