The controversy over Adam Sandler’s new movie continues. Last week several Native American actors walked off the set of The Ridiculous Six in protest at the movie’s racial insensitivity. Over the weekend video emerged of the actors confronting producers about the comedy’s jokes, such as naming a Native female character ‘Beaver’s Breath.’ One of the extras, Ally Young was interviewed by local news station KOAT 7, and says the movie’s jokes about Native heritage struck home because her brother committed suicide after being made fun of for being Native.
But other actors say the walk-off was unnecessary, and are defending the movie. “It’s a comedy, not a documentary,” Bonifacio Gurule tells KOAT 7. He also thinks the story has been blown out of proportion, pointing out that over 100 extras were hired, but only a few walked off the set. “You know three young native women, they have nicknames for each other and that’s where ‘Beaver’s Breath’ comes from.” Carma Harvey, meanwhile, says the film ridicules many cultures. Although Sandler’s production company has no official comment, the actor has reportedly apologized to the crew. Co-star Vanilla Ice (part Choctaw) has also defended the comedy, but that’s understandable: If I was Vanilla Ice, I’d defend anyone willing to hire me.