A certain movie called The Ridiculous Six is causing so much controversy right now that it has caused the name Adam Sandler to become a trending topic on Twitter, with various reactions to a plot and lines that are being deemed so offensive that Native American actors in the film left the movie set.
Not only did the Native American cultural advisor on the film walk off the set of Sandler’s latest movie, but around 12 actors and actresses also left the set of The Ridiculous Six — mostly all hailing from the Navajo nation. Despite the drama, Netflix has defended the Native American satire, reports Deadline – a publication that also notes previous trouble with the movie set when a member of the crew had an accident.
The latest melee surrounding the movie claims that Sandler’s film wasn’t sensitive to Native Americans and women, and the jokes contained therein didn’t pass muster with cultural sensitivity as a whole. They felt the script had a disparaging view of the Apache culture, as well.
One of the actors, Loren Anthony, related to the Associated Press on Thursday that he and eight others left The Ridiculous Six production due to offensive American Indian names, reports ABC News. Those names for the women characterized in the script were detailed to the press via Indian Country Today, which lists names like “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra” as the source of the Sandler offense. The AP reports that producers of the movie told the actors to leave if they took offense. According to Anthony, it wasn’t merely the names that caused controversy, but placement of feathers and other stereotypes.
“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?’ “
A supposed spoof of the classic movie The Magnificent Seven, Sandler’s latest Western fare is receiving the kind of buzz that could either bring out audiences in droves to their Netflix accounts in order to see what the controversy is all about, or cause them to totally boycott the movie, as some folks are threatening to do in the comments section of Adam’s Facebook page. As reported by the Inquisitr, the movie dubbed The Interview experienced plenty of its share of controversy prior to being released online.
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