Native Americans walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s latest project, The Ridiculous Six.
There are conflicting reports, but anywhere from nine to 12 actors left the set over parts of the script that they found offensive.
Among the things they found offensive was a woman urinating while smoking a peace pipe and Native American women characters with the names Beaver’s Breath and No Bra.
Navajo actor Anthony Loren explained to the Associated Press that producers had previously ignored them when they voiced their concerns over the way the movie depicted Native American culture.
“Right from the get-go, it didn’t feel right. But we let it go,” Loren said, according to the BBC.
“Once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women,” he added.
“Our Native American culture and tradition is no joking matter,” said outgoing Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly. “I applaud these Navajo actors for their courage and conviction to walk off the set in protest.'”
“Our dignity is not for sale,” Native American actor David Hill also told the Associated Press.
Another extra, Goldie Tom, said that producers told them to leave if they were offended. And they did just that.
Despite the drama of the Native Americans walking off set, Netflix is standing by the film and Adam Sandler. After all, according to Deadline, The Ridiculous Six was originally at Paramount, but then came to Netflix when Sandler signed a four-picture production deal in October 2014.
“The movie has ‘ridiculous’ in the title for a reason – because it is ridiculous,” said a spokesperson for the streaming service Thursday. “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.”
This is not the first drama to hit the set of Sandler’s latest satire. Just two months ago, a craft services driver was critically injured in an accident on set.
Along with Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Will Forte, Luke Wilson, Nick Nolte, Terry Crews and Whitney Cummings are also set to star in the film, which was written by Tim Herlihy. The same director who worked with Sandler on Blended and The Wedding Singer, Frank Coraci, is also at the helm of The Ridiculous Six.
Despite the Native Americans walking off the set, production did not skip a beat and continued on as planned. Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions has yet to comment on the racist accusations.