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Native American actors walk off set of Adam Sandler's new film in protest at 'offensive' portrayals

Published 24/04/2015 | 11:40

Adam Sandler will co-write and star in Ridiculous 6
Adam Sandler will co-write and star in Ridiculous 6

A group of Native American actors have walked off the set of Adam Sandler's new movie The Ridiculous Six over 'offensive' depictions of their people and culture.

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About a dozen actors and actresses as well as Native American advisor have left the New Mexico set in protest, reports the Indian Country Today Media Network.

The script for the satirical film includes names such as 'Beaver's Breath' and 'No Bra' for female Native characters as well as an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe.

Netflix asserts that "The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous."

Their statement continues, "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."

The comedy, which was written by Sandler and Tim Herlihy, is being made for Netflix and will star Sandler, Nick Nolte, Dan Ackroyd, Vanilla Ice and Steve Buschemi.

However, several actors have stated they are unhappy with inaccuracies in the portrayal of Apache culture as well the insults to women and elders.

Navajo actress Allison Young, a film student, said she felt "conflicted" about doing the film.

"When I began doing this film, I had an uneasy feeling inside of me and I felt so conflicted," she told the Indian Country Today Media Network.

She added, "We talked to the producers about our concerns. They just told us, 'If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave.'

"I was just standing there and got emotional and teary-eyed. I didn’t want to cry but the feeling just came over me. This is supposed to be a comedy that makes you laugh. A film like this should not make someone feel this way.”

Adam Sandler has yet to respond to the incident.

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