Adam Sandler has a new defender… sort of.
Photographers for TMZ caught up with Vanilla Ice at LAX. Vanilla Ice co-stars in Adam Sandler’s new film The Ridiculous Six. Last week, 12 Native American actors and the Native cultural adviser walked off the set of Sandler’s new flick after they found parts of the script offensive to their culture.
When Vanilla Ice was asked about the event, he said, “It’s a comedy. I don’t think anybody had any ill feelings or ill intent. This movie isn’t ‘Dancing with Wolves.’ It’s comedy.”
Vanilla Ice plays Mark Twain in The Ridiculous Six. That and the name would seem to suggest it’s a spoof. According to Indian Country Today Media Network, the film is a spoof of The Magnificent Seven. Among the actors who left the set was Loren Anthony, who told Indian Country Today Media Network that he only agreed to appear in the film after the producers told him that they had hired a cultural consultant.
“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.”
Anthony cited costumes which were wildly inaccurate, and the jokes relied heavily on outdated stereotypes. Allison Young, a former Dartmouth film student who also left the set, said that the actors spoke to the director about their concerns before they took action.
“They just told us, ‘If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.'”
According to Anthony and Young, the first of the 12 to leave was the cultural consultant.
Gawker obtained an early draft of the script dated December, 2012. At issue were the female characters “No Bra” and “Beaver Breath.”
In the original script, has several jokes using the similar sounding “teepee” and “pee pee” and features a female character identified as “Sits-On-Face” squatting to urinate while smoking a “peace pipe.”
The script, which Sandler co-wrote, has almost certainly undergone many revisions since the draft obtained by Gawker.
Netflix, which will air The Ridiculous Six, in an exclusive deal with Adam Sandler, released a statement in support of the film.
“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.”