You have read the jokes in Adam Sandler’s upcoming Netflix movie The Ridiculous Six that caused Native American extras to walk off the set. Now, you can see a video of Sandler’s producers arguing with the group of Native Americans. “Here’s the thing,” one producer appears to tell the actors in the cell phone footage. “If you’re overly sensitive about it then you should leave.”
In the video, which was uploaded by Indian Country Today Media Network, one actor can be heard arguing with a male producer that the Native cast has “a lot to lose” if the film’s Apache characters are portrayed negatively. “We don’t need to sell out our people.”
“I understand completely,” responds the producer, “but we’re not going to change Beaver Breath.”
Throughout the rest of the clip, the Native actors continue to explain why they feel disrespected, while the producers argue why they should not.
At one point, another actor raises his voice: “You’re trying to tell us what’s disrespectful to us?” he asks. “You’re trying to tell a Native what’s disrespectful to them?”
It’s possible that any press is good press when it comes to a shitty straight-to-Netflix Adam Sandler movie; maybe The Ridiculous Six will serve as a rallying cry for “anti-PC” types much like The Interview.
In the video, at least, the argument was won by no one.