A group of Native American actors have reportedly walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie because they were offended by the script. Time.com reports:
The actors, who were reportedly joined by the movie’s Native American cultural advisor, left after complaining about The Ridiculous Six costumes, which they say were stereotypical and inaccurate, and character names, which they say included “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra.” The movie is a spoof of the 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven.
So are we to conclude that these actors thought that an Adam Sandler sendup Western was going to be a vehicle for the respectful portrayal of… anything? I mean the word “ridiculous” is right in the title! What were you expecting? You have no right to be feign offense in this situation.
Vulture reports that the problems started on Monday because of “culturally inaccurate costumes.” Have these actors ever seen an Adam Sandler movie? (Remember when all those Cajuns walked off the set of The Waterboy?)
A spokesperson at Netflix told Vulture:
“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.”
I think this whole thing can be smoothed over relatively easily. If Adam Sandler gets these disgruntled actors together around the campfire with a nice pot of beans and maybe Blazing Saddles on Blu-Ray, the healing can begin.
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