Native American Actors Walk Off The Set Of Sandler’s Comedy
Native Americans actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sadler’s film for what they say is an insult to their culture, according to the Indiana Country Today Media Network.
According to the Native Americans, the script of Adam Sadler’s film, The Ridiculous Six, insults native elders and women as well as Apaches. Here is what they said:
"The examples of disrespect included Native women's names such as Beaver's Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee."
Loren Anthony, one of the actors who walked of the set on Wednesday, told the Indian Media Network that he had initially refused to take part in the movie, but later changed his mind when he was informed that the producers would hire a cultural consultant. According to Anthony, “on Monday things started getting weird on the set.” Anthony added that as the week progressed the costumes for Apache were incorrect and that the jokes got even worse.
“We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche," Anthony said while speaking to the Indian network. "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?'"
"They just treated us as if we should just be on the side. When we did speak with the main director, he was trying to say the disrespect was not intentional and this was a comedy."