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Native American actors walk off set of Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous Six

04.23.2015

Netflix is now facing a potential media issue surrounding Adam Sandler's western comedy THE RIDICULOUS SIX. Part of a four film deal between the actor and the streaming movie service, THE RIDICULOUS SIX follows Sandler as a white man raised from childhood by Native Americans. In typical Happy Madison fashion, hijinks ensue. Featuring a cast that includes David Spade, Terry Crews, Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Will Forte, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Luke Wilson, Rob Schneider, Steve Zahn, Jorge Garcia, Nick Swardson, Chris Parnell, Jon Lovitz, Whitney Cummings, Norm MacDonald, Blake Shelton as Wyatt Earp, Lavell Crawford as Lavall Patch, Vanilla Ice as Mark Twain, Dan Aykroyd, and David Spade as General Custer, THE RIDICULOUS SIX sounds like it would actually be worth seeing. But, some Native Americans don't agree.

Statements reported on Indian Country Today Media claim that the film is derogatory to Native Americans and includes female characters with insulting names.

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.

Production has been in full swing since February and will be continuing through this month. It seems odd that the issues would be raised now, but Netflix has released a statement in response to the accusations.

“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.”

Native American sensitivity has been a hot button topic in recent years related to sports franchises like the Washington Redskins. Seth MacFarlane's A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST featured Native American characters but there did not appear to be any uproar like this for that production. Whether this turns into an issue or not remains to be seen, but it does deserve to be mentioned that only some of the performers left filming while others stayed.

THE RIDICULOUS SIX will debut on Netflix in 2016.

Source: Deadline

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9:16AM on 04/24/2015

Yikes. That is somebad PR.

But who listens to that shit anyways?

Also, WHEN DID ADAM SANDLER ADOPT Taylor Lautner??

Also, I am still excited because of this cast. I mean John Lovitz is alive?! Dan Aykroyd is back in front of cameras?
But who listens to that shit anyways?

Also, WHEN DID ADAM SANDLER ADOPT Taylor Lautner??

Also, I am still excited because of this cast. I mean John Lovitz is alive?! Dan Aykroyd is back in front of cameras?
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8:05AM on 04/24/2015
Did they not know what this movie was about when they took the job. Jesus, why are people so sensitive nowadays
Did they not know what this movie was about when they took the job. Jesus, why are people so sensitive nowadays
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9:16AM on 04/24/2015
It's almost like how people are upset over the name of sports team called the Red Skins.
It's almost like how people are upset over the name of sports team called the Red Skins.
9:45AM on 04/24/2015
Apparently they only saw the whole script after they were on set.
Apparently they only saw the whole script after they were on set.
11:44PM on 04/23/2015
I wonder how many Palestinians consulted Sandler when filming Don't Mess With The Zohan.
I wonder how many Palestinians consulted Sandler when filming Don't Mess With The Zohan.
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9:18AM on 04/24/2015
Why the fuck would you care about Palestinians when making Zohan? The movie made fun of Isrealites and hebrews more than anything. But they at least have a sense of humor.
Why the fuck would you care about Palestinians when making Zohan? The movie made fun of Isrealites and hebrews more than anything. But they at least have a sense of humor.
10:46PM on 04/23/2015
This is what you get when working with Sandler now these days.
This is what you get when working with Sandler now these days.
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9:47PM on 04/23/2015
Well technically Sandler checked out of his own films about ten years ago seeing, as how everything since The Longest Yard has been mindless, paycheck, vacation-time, unfunny movies.
Well technically Sandler checked out of his own films about ten years ago seeing, as how everything since The Longest Yard has been mindless, paycheck, vacation-time, unfunny movies.
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8:48PM on 04/23/2015
I could give to shits about this movie or about upset actors. But all the people saying oh we need to be more sensitive, fuck off! This is how free speech works. If you don't want to be in a movie that has stereotypes, then don't audition. if you don't want to see a movie that has stereotypes then don't see it. But to say we need to enforce sensitivity on everyone, or change how people talk, or think is just stupid. If you want to do that then move to a country that does not allow freedom of
I could give to shits about this movie or about upset actors. But all the people saying oh we need to be more sensitive, fuck off! This is how free speech works. If you don't want to be in a movie that has stereotypes, then don't audition. if you don't want to see a movie that has stereotypes then don't see it. But to say we need to enforce sensitivity on everyone, or change how people talk, or think is just stupid. If you want to do that then move to a country that does not allow freedom of expression.
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4:37AM on 04/24/2015
People using their freedom of speech to voice personal objection is not suppression of free speech. But fuck Native Americans anyway - it's not like they have a legitimate beef or anything.
People using their freedom of speech to voice personal objection is not suppression of free speech. But fuck Native Americans anyway - it's not like they have a legitimate beef or anything.
11:55AM on 04/25/2015
Common Sense Man... please try to live up to your name.
Common Sense Man... please try to live up to your name.
8:21PM on 04/23/2015
Well, I hope they can find a way to bury the hatchet.
Well, I hope they can find a way to bury the hatchet.
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2:24AM on 04/24/2015
Bravo
Bravo
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8:09PM on 04/23/2015

Well, they ARE actors...

They probably just got confused and thought they were supposed to act like people that we're seeing this movie for the first time in a movie theater.
They probably just got confused and thought they were supposed to act like people that we're seeing this movie for the first time in a movie theater.
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7:47PM on 04/23/2015
Guess the joke is on you, Mr. Sandler.
Guess the joke is on you, Mr. Sandler.
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7:20PM on 04/23/2015
I don't think they're being too sensitive. I'm just surprised it took this long for someone to make a fuss about Adam Sandler taking stereotypes too far. It doesn't surprise me a bit though, that the ethnic group that finally did in a big way happened to be Native Americans. There is always a line in comedy. Comedians shouldn't be afraid of the line, but when they cross it, they shouldn't feel too bad if people get upset, and don't want to play with them anymore.
I don't think they're being too sensitive. I'm just surprised it took this long for someone to make a fuss about Adam Sandler taking stereotypes too far. It doesn't surprise me a bit though, that the ethnic group that finally did in a big way happened to be Native Americans. There is always a line in comedy. Comedians shouldn't be afraid of the line, but when they cross it, they shouldn't feel too bad if people get upset, and don't want to play with them anymore.
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7:01PM on 04/23/2015
Actually, the Native Americans walked off the set when they learned they were appearing in a Happy Madison production.
Actually, the Native Americans walked off the set when they learned they were appearing in a Happy Madison production.
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6:57PM on 04/23/2015

Typical. Those of you talking about being overly sensitive

I'm curious, how many of you on this thread that think minorities are just being too overly sensitive are white? Do you not see that it's usually white people who say people shouldn't be making such a stink about things cos they're being overly dramatic? Yes, after years of dealing with this, I now see white people today don't want to be held responsible for what white people in the past have done to minorities, but you have to, at least, be a bit more sensitive to what minorities make a big
I'm curious, how many of you on this thread that think minorities are just being too overly sensitive are white? Do you not see that it's usually white people who say people shouldn't be making such a stink about things cos they're being overly dramatic? Yes, after years of dealing with this, I now see white people today don't want to be held responsible for what white people in the past have done to minorities, but you have to, at least, be a bit more sensitive to what minorities make a big deal about. About white history, what do they have to be proud of, to call their own, that which clearly states they are who they are? There's not that many traditions left, not much of a country left to be proud of, to be in awe of, why do you have to look down on and spit on everything that you know nothing about or refuse to understand? If it means something to at least one person, then its worth it. We have to stop making light of everything just because we, singularly, disagree with it. Its time we start to embrace tradition, values, etc, instead of money, power, material things. Look where treasuring all that got us?
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8:15PM on 04/23/2015
It's a fucking movie, get over it. If you don't like they material, you have the all American right to not watch it. So tired of this bullshit. Everyone, in every racial, religious, sexuality, gender even. It's time to move the fuck on. There are gross transgressions occurring all the time, that's what the law is for. Other than that, shut the fuck up and get over it.
It's a fucking movie, get over it. If you don't like they material, you have the all American right to not watch it. So tired of this bullshit. Everyone, in every racial, religious, sexuality, gender even. It's time to move the fuck on. There are gross transgressions occurring all the time, that's what the law is for. Other than that, shut the fuck up and get over it.
6:57PM on 04/23/2015

Ha!

Broad satire? I doubt that.
Broad satire? I doubt that.
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6:29PM on 04/23/2015
this is what happens when you tell internet trolls to get a real job and move out of their parents' basement
this is what happens when you tell internet trolls to get a real job and move out of their parents' basement
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6:22PM on 04/23/2015
Probably just taking a fire water break!
Probably just taking a fire water break!
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6:02PM on 04/23/2015
Blazing Saddles called, he wants to smack you in the face with his big black dick. I hate to defend an Adam Sandler project but everyone is too sensitive these days.
Blazing Saddles called, he wants to smack you in the face with his big black dick. I hate to defend an Adam Sandler project but everyone is too sensitive these days.
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6:58PM on 04/23/2015
In Blazing Saddles the Indians were Jewish. That's different.
In Blazing Saddles the Indians were Jewish. That's different.
5:54PM on 04/23/2015
Soft ass, sensitive ass generation.
Soft ass, sensitive ass generation.
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6:12PM on 04/23/2015
Totally agree, millennials are a bawling bunch of pussies.
Totally agree, millennials are a bawling bunch of pussies.
6:19PM on 04/23/2015
Agreed. And I come from a African American/Native American background!
Agreed. And I come from a African American/Native American background!
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