Native Actors Bail On Adam Sandler Movie Over Racist Bullshit
A group of Native American actors, as well as a Native cultural advisor walked off the set of the Adam Sandler movie “The Ridiculous Six” after the obscene racism and insensitivity in the script and on set just became too much to bear. The actors, primarily of the Navajo nation, were playing Apache characters, and say that the script and the set and costume design for the comedy played too much on insulting women and elders.
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.
The actors say they knew it was supposed to be a comedy, but were told upfront that it was not going to be a racist comedy. Alas, apparently what is “not racist” to people completely unaffected by racism tends to be a bit different to people who actually are.
Loren Anthony, one of the actors who walked out, divulged that despite the fact that they were supposed to be playing Apache people, the production people insisted on dressing them as Comanche. Which is a little odd. I mean, if you have people available to tell you what is and is not actually correct, one would imagine you’d be eager to listen. Guess not.
“We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche,” he said. “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.”
Other actors stated that they were told by those involved with the film that it was a “comedy” and that if they insisted on being “so sensitive” they should just leave. Any objections by the actors were met with excuses about how “it’s already in the script, so there.”
Goldie Tom also shared her frustrations with ICTMN. “I felt this was all really disrespectful,” she said. “Our costumes did not portray Apache people. The consultant, Bruce spoke to the crew and told them we should not have braids and chokers and he was very disappointed. He asked to speak with Adam Sandler. We talked to the producers about other things in the script and they said ‘It’s in the script and we are not going to change it.’ Overall, we were just treated disrespectfully, the spoke down to us and treated everyone with strong tones.”
It’s hardly as though calling a woman “No Bra” or “Beaver’s Breath” is the absolute height of humor. It’s hardly as though one can’t tweak an outfit for the sake of actually getting things right. These things are not worth clinging to, and they’re not worth hurting people for. Fight for your weakness and it’s yours.
I hadn’t heard anything about this movie beforehand, but I can tell you right now that I will certainly not be lining up to see it. I mean, sure, I probably wouldn’t be lining up to see an Adam Sandler movie anyway, but you know what I mean. [Indian Country Today Media Network]