Thursday, April 30, 2015

Movies must not make jokes involving Native Americans

IT LOOKS like Adam Sandler’s Netflix projects are already brewing up controversy.  About a dozen Native American actors and actresses walked off the set of Sandler’s The Ridiculous Six, according to the Indian Country Today Media Network.

Per reports, the actors took offence to racially charged jokes and inaccuracies during the filming of the movie, which Sandler is developing for Netflix.

The streaming service, however, downplayed the controversy in a statement issued Thursday.

“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularised, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”

According to ICTMN, some female Native American characters were given names Beaver’s Breath and No Bra.

“They just treated us as if we should just be on the side,” Loren Anthony, one of the actors who walked off the set, told ICTMN. “When we did speak with the main director, he was trying to say the disrespect was not intentional and this was a comedy.”

The Ridiculous Six, a spoof of Western The Magnificent Seven, is the first in a four-movie deal between Sandler and Netflix that was announced last October. Will Forte, Steve Buscemi, Taylor Lautner, Terry Crews and Vanilla Ice will star, with Frank Coraci directing from a script by Sandler and Tim Herlihy.

The film is expected to hit Netflix next year.



Bird of Paradise said...

Spoiled little welps

Anonymous said...

Their ancestors may be American Indian but I doubt they are anymore indian than anyone else.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the problem with Australian Aboriginals that are many generations removed, white in colour but claiming heritage for the govt money being handed out.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I made the mistake of watching one Adam Sandler movie on TV a while ago. It was awful; I will never watch another of his movies.

12:19 AM

Anonymous Dean said...
Number one rule of solving differences of opinion: never meet with or speak to anyone whose opinion differs from yours. You may gain some knowledge of their viewpoint.

2:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I am sure the "descendants of the conquers of the original Americans" who walked of the set will be replaced by less picky members of the same subset or by Italians or Arabs who look the part.

There are no "Native Americans", everyone immigrated here and the belief that they hold some special status because their ancestors were the ones who conquered the previous inhabitants before the European settles came and subdued all the previous inhabitants is farcical.


2:33 AM

Alpha Skua said...

They should complain to Johnny Depp for making Tonto look like a circus clown in that putrid Lone Ranger movie