It turns out that Adam Sandler is making another movie called The Ridiculous Six under Happy Madison productions that spoofs westerns. Sure we’ve seen this from Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles, but Native actors in Sandler’s movie left the set during production!
Turns out female Apache names like “Beaver Breath” and “No Bra” were just a tiny reason why they left. Natives also felt disrespected on set.
"When I began doing this film, I had an uneasy feeling inside of me and I felt so conflicted," she said. "I talked to a former instructor at Dartmouth and he told me to take this as finally experiencing stereotyping first hand. 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.”
For a comedy, you should have a good time! No one deserves to be treated poorly for things they can’t control!
So how did movies like Blazing Saddles and Django Unchained able to get away with comedic shots like these without their cast walking off the set?
First off, the writers of The Ridiculous Six are Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy. Two white guys.
Who wrote Blazing Saddles? Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor. A white guy and a black guy! Richard worked with Mel on the stereotypical jokes in Blazing Saddles because he can!
Even though Quentin Tarantino, a white guy, wrote Django Unchained, it wasn’t like he was cool with his characters using racial slurs all the time. Even filming in Mississippi was rough! That’s why he went to Sidney Poitier for approval of his movie and for that reason Poitier approved!
Even though Happy Madison Productions hired a cultural advisor for the The Ridiculous Six, you know something was wrong on set when the advisor walked out with the Natives.
The Natives did come back to the set so let’s just hope that Sandler’s producers and writers can have some more sensitivity and not be dicks to the Natives.
Who knows what they’ll do if they don’t.