Native American Actors Quit Adam Sandler’s ‘Ridiculous Six’ Over Racist Jokes

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It looks like Adam Sandler’s Netflix projects are already brewing up controversy.

About a dozen Native American actors and actresses walked off the set of Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six,” according to the Indian Country Today Media Network. Per reports, the actors took offense to racially charged jokes and inaccuracies during the filming of the movie, which Sandler is developing for Netflix.

The streaming service, however, downplayed the controversy in a statement issued Thursday.

“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “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.”

According to ICTMN, some female Native American characters were given names Beaver’s Breath and No Bra.

“They just treated us as if we should just be on the side,” Loren Anthony, one of the actors who walked off the set, told ICTMN. “When we did speak with the main director, he was trying to say the disrespect was not intentional and this was a comedy.”

Anthony also took issue with inaccuracies in the costumes, saying that they were supposed to be portraying Apache, but “looked more like Comanche.”

Allison Young, a former film student from Dartmouth, also walked off the set and told ICTMN that producers weren’t receptive to the actors’ concerns.

“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,” she said.

“The Ridiculous Six,” a spoof of Western “The Magnificent Seven,” is the first in a four-movie deal between Sandler and Netflix that was announced last October. Will Forte, Steve Buscemi, Taylor Lautner, Terry Crews, Vanilla Ice and Rob Schneider will star, with Frank Coraci directing from a script by Sandler and Tim Herlihy.

The film is expected to hit Netflix next year.

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  1. J. Mike says:

    Comanche and Apache are at least from the same general area of the United States.If that’s your biggest gripe you are a crybaby. I heard the movie is a spoof of westerns. This new era generation is entirely too serious .

  2. Spookk says:

    Personally I don’t care if people get “offended” by what other people might say; that’s their problem.

    And self-pitying sniveling is futile. In this case, one of the points of the movie was mocking the innacurracies of the old westerns. Watch some old episodes of Daniel Boon, or Lone Ranger, ffs and see how offended you are.

  3. srsbusiness says:

    …You people get butthurt wayyy too much. Remove that stick out of your ass and laugh at things that are funny. You people are the reason that anybody gives a crap about the kardashians

  4. Patti says:

    I laughed so hard when that one brother of his made fun of the guy that got his head cut off.

    • Nick says:

      What do you mean you people?

      Oh I thought you meant the letter u people they get there name because they live underground

  5. Rocque Trem says:

    Did the “You should do it!” guy walk off?

  6. Corey says:

    I love the quality of today’s journalists. The ”dozen” Native Americans who left the set was actually only 4. The other 150 Native American actors on set were so upset and offended by all of this that they stayed and worked until filming was done. The ICTMN is literally the only news source who said ” a dozen” and instead of actually fact checking or even writing their own story, they just decided to repeat the same lie and move on. Lovely.

  7. KHEB says:

    Why did those particular Indians show up if they were so offended. Sounds like they just want to whine. I’m so tired of thin skinned people that try to ruin things for others.
    The title should have given them a clue…gees people, don’t show up if you don’t like it. You got paid, right?

  8. awarriorwoman says:

    Comedy is not stupidity and depicting certain types of individuals as stupid, dirty or inferior. … this is all Adam Sandler does. He depicts natives and fuels typical stereotypes, that is ALL that is in this movie regarding natives. Its not humor, its grotesque impact he portrays. That is discrimination, and not humor.

  9. John says:

    I’m so tired of the race thing.
    Is it funny when black dudes dress up as White Chicks?
    Is it funny when Tommy Davidson acts like a white guy?
    Is it funny when Marlon says, “I see white people.”
    Is Soul Plane funny?
    Was it funny when Jackie Chan was mistaken for an Indian in Shanghi Noon?
    Was it funny the way the Indians were played in the movie Maverick?
    Were the Indians funny in Almost Heroes or Wagons East?
    Were the Indian wearing the right clothes in Cowboys and Aliens?
    Is Tucker and Dale vs Evil a funny portrayal of rednecks?
    How about them Zombie Indians in the movie Undead or Alive?

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Boo hoo, they’re making fun of blacks, indians, rednecks, asians! No one ever goes around defending the people that get made fun of or degrade the most. No one has been made more fun of in film history than your standard everyday NERD!! Doesn’t matter what color you are. If your’e too skinny, wear glasses, part your hair on the side, have braces, own a pocket protector, like Star Wars , Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star trek, My Little Pony, or are a virgin. You just made the list.

    Thank you, have a nice day.

  10. tom thoelke says:

    The age of pussies. Everyone gets offended so easily anymore. I guess that’s what makes it so great being white. No one hates white people right?

  11. Bill Evans says:

    I guess my idea for a Netflix show about an American and Hindu Indian might be to racist.

  12. Joe Mama says:

    Elizabeth Warren says she’s offended, because she’s a “Native American” and all…. LOL.

    • kikeeleen marshal says:

      Honestly, why would a jew lead and direct Native American/first people of this nation anyway really come on adam sandler he really is overpaid he is a fluke

      • first people of this nation? um, which group.. was it the first group that migrated from Siberia? Wait, no.. they interbred with the existing neanderthals. Maybe the next waves from asia? Surely since they were there first, after the other first, and the other first, they have a claim. Then the oh so scary “whites” who came from only about a dozen or more different places.

        Well help yourself to a fucking science book because you sound like a fucking retard, Saying “Indians” or “native american” is just down right dumb because they weren’t a single people who lived here since the dawn of time. All current “races” came out of Africa, replacing other populations of the genus Homo such as Neanderthals and Homo erectus.

        All of history has been migration and migration. There are no “natives” because if you widen the scope enough, no one alive has claim, and if you narrow it enough, whoever is there does. Get over yourself.

  13. Thomas says:

    Adam Sandler, come make your film on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. See some of the Assiniboine and Sioux people, of mine, and see if they think your funny. Personally, if your remarks are “hate” Crime related, I could no longer be a fan.

  14. felix says:

    dumb stupid ignorant white guys

  15. Eye in the Sky says:

    Even on SNL Adam Sandler’s humor was imbecilic and juvenile. OK, his Opera-Man schtick was alright for a while. His Halloween costume skit : “smiley boy”, “protractor nose” – do you have some candy? is as flat as a pancake. His jokes about whacking off before having sex with a Mrs. Robinson, sheep fucking, having your mom as your lover for summer vacation (I couldn’t believe anyone would find this shit amusing, DEEES – GUSTING!), the movies like “The Water Boy” and “Billy Madison” and other trash. It’s like an alley wall – scrub off the dirty graffiti, wipe up the piss and the puke, and you have a blank wall which resembles Adam’s talents – meaning that he really has nothing to say. Shit actor, shit songwriter, shit comedian. FLUSH IT!

    • Yeah, that’s why his films had earned almost 4 billion at the box office and why he has his own production company. You’re probably one of those internet tools who thinks Rotten Tomatoes is the only authority on movies.

  16. Terrill Case says:

    They need to get over it. It is a comedy movie. He is a very funny comedian. I support Adam Sandler and his films more than I do over-sensitive people. He can always find replacements for them.

  17. Trey says:

    Question for the “would they do these kind of jokes about blacks/Jews” crowd: have you watched in comedy in the last, I don’t know, ever?

  18. Adamsandler-hatesnativewomen says:

    Adam Sandler and Netflix promotes the dehumanization and objectification of Native American women. They condone rape as a result of these hypersexualized portrayals. Every scene in which a Native American woman appears she is presented in a degrading and/or sexual context. Indigenous women are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted. 8 out of 10 of those assaults are committed by Caucasian males. There are more than 1200 First Nations women missing in Canada. This is what Netflix and Adam Sandler wish to contribute the Native American community.

  19. judy pearson says:

    Ive said it before…and, Ill say it again….people are getting way too sensitive. Its not teaching children that its ok to disrespect other cultures. Its teaching the kids that its ok to laugh at themselves. To not take cultural differences so seriously. Differences breed predjudice when taken too seriously. When differences breed humor, life is so much better.

    • DarthComedian says:

      Difference leads to arguments. Arguments lead to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to the Dark Side.

    • what is wrong with white people says:

      ah yes, this white man will teach native american children to laugh at themselves and their culture, y’know, the culture his people utterly destroyed! this isn’t teaching anything, this is the oppressors telling the oppressed what they can’t get offended at. no one is being sensitive, this is a people coming together because they’ve had enough of being mocked and told it was “just a joke” because it never truly is

      • michael thomas says:

        There is a difference between laughing at yourself and someone else laughing at you. Anyway, I think the over sensitive ones are the people whining because some Native Americans took offense at this. What is it to you? It’s their culture if they feel it’s being demeaned by this Hollywood spoiled actor dumbing down their culture to put a few bucks in his pocke twhat’s it to you? Find something else to worry about.

      • Terrill Case says:

        I support Adam Sandler. People need to quit whining about everything.

      • judy pearson says:

        wow…when you put it that way…I guess what Im saying is whats done is done. It wasn’t me personally…or anyone still alive today…that did this. I agree that the genocide of Indians was a horrible, inconceivable tragedy, and its residual rumbles are still being felt today…but, don’t you agree that keeping the bad stuff in the spotlight as a constant reminder, is what keeps the door to predjudice wide open? Im half Indian…half Irish…and I can see the humor in the portrayal of an Irishman as a staggering drunk, as well as the humor in Adams movie. Its not the Indians that are being laughed at directly. Its the sarcastic portrayal OF the Indians that is funny. Im so sorry if I offend…I really am…but, funny is funny.

  20. Justin Case says:

    We have new generations of kids that didn’t have to suffer thru those ignorant ‘Parody’s’ of Native Americans as the older generation have, so why bring this back and teach the kids that it’s OK to disrespect their culture.

  21. Sam America says:


  22. sasha says:

    What’s really funny is that anyone would care about the historical accuracy of an Adam Sandler movie. They’re made to appeal to the humor of tween boys. Are you really afraid that in between the fart jokes, a native American viewer will realize that the costumes aren’t accurate and become angry? Come on! I know that people often can’t help what they find upsetting, but hypersensitivity isn’t a virtue and shouldn’t be encouraged or enshrined.

    • Reel Injun says:

      The issue is not about making sure all Native Americans are happy with Adam Sandler movies. It’s that these “tween boys”, as you put it, aren’t exposed to any accurate information or portrayals of Native American culture. The only thing they see are the kinds of inaccurate and offensive racial stereotypes seemingly depicted in this movie, so that becomes what they believe to be true about the First Nations of this country.

      This is no different than the offensive portrayals of African Americans that were very common in media and culture many decades ago: in blackface, depicted as monkeys, subservient, ignorant. Or the portrayals of Jews as avaricious, large-nosed villains that pervaded literature for centuries . Would we tolerate this now? Do we not look back at these racist artifacts and think, “How ignorant and racist people used to be.” When the people in these communities first started speaking out against these racist depictions, they were also met with accusations of hypersensitivity, and “Can’t they take a joke??” defenses. Is that really the side of this debate you want to be on when history looks back many decades from now?

      • michael thomas says:

        One could argue you are being hypersensitive to Native Americans who didn’t like this movie. Really, why do you care? It’s freedom of speech every bit as much as Adam Sandler calling a Native American woman “Beaver Breath” so he can make some money. Which is the only reason he is doing it, of course. I like Adam Sandler when he attempts to appeal to people over the age of 14, for example I loved “The Wedding Singer”. However, his need to add another million or so dollars to his bank account is not sufficient reason to let racist comments get a free pass, if they offend people. It’s people whining about “politcal correctness” every time a jerk is called out publicly for being a jerk that bore me.

  23. Musing says:

    Well, I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY was also something of a hate crime, so I’m not at all surprised by this latest project. There is something almost perversely entertaining watching Mr. Sandler’s career slowly implode…

  24. Mike Rowe Egreshian says:

    Now the Indians have caught the Hypersensitive bug?

  25. if its a PARODY of old timey westerns, then shouldn’t it be as politically incorrect and ridiculous as the old-timey westerns were!?

    it sounds like the producers were assholes, tho.

  26. richard says:

    if they need some out of work extras…give me a call…Where is New Mexico anyway?..LOL

  27. Veronica says:

    Big Mistake Netflix! You should have consider producing this film project! “Mohawk Salon…a psycho thriller.” We have a Native American director who understands the culture and respect the people, yet pushing the envelope to immerse Native Americans back into the film industry with pride. We are still looking for investors! We have 6 celebrities (Danny Trejo of MACHETE KILL, Dave Vescio, Lost Soul, Vivica A. Fox of KILL BILL, Kristinia DeBarge, Gary Dourdan of CSI LAS VEGAS and Shekinah Anderson of T.I. TINY & FAMILY HUSTLE) attached to this film project.

    “MOHAWK SALON…a psycho thriller” Some sounds will haunt you forever!

  28. Daniel says:

    Well, Sandler has been completely blind and insensitive towards humor and comedy since he first oozed into a TV screen, and he’s supposed to be a comedian, it’s no surprise he’s completely blind and insensitive towards ethnic and racial issues, that stuff is way too complex for someone like him. People should not expect too much of Sandler, he keeps getting tons of money to make unpalatable garbage, therefore he must believe it’s a good thing to make unpalatable garbage. The ones I’m really disappointed on is Netflix, when you hire a hack like this guy, you should be ready to apologize to anybody who has the notion that a ‘comedy’ should be funny, but then you’re not even able to apologize to people who have been affected by his discourse? Shame on you Netflix.

  29. rhughsirius says:

    Like clockwork, I do an Adam Sandler each morning, but then I flush and all is forgotten.

  30. hokte says:

    I appreciate the comments here…being a *cultural* Native female, it hurts to see the bulk of commentators say the tired tropes of, “You’re being sensitive” “Get over it” and so forth…

    Would these commenters say that to Jews/Jewish decedents who had survived the holocaust? I would think Adam Sandler would at least comprehend that, as both of our people survived intentional acts of genocide, as laid out in the Genocide Convention.

    How about if I went to victims and survivors of 9-11 telling them to quit being sensitive and to get over it already, GOD it happened like 14 years ago!

    It’s just a JOKE…you can’t take it? Whenever that argument is made, it’s a cheap and slimy move to wiggle yourself away from blame, and assign it to the people you are directly demeaning/disparaging. It’s their problem, not yours, you just can’t help yourself from making those jokes…sorry if you’re too dumb to “get it”.

    And….come on…is your comedy game so tired/boring that you can’t get past making fun of peace pipes and making fun of native names? THAT’S ALL YOU CAN COME UP WITH? Shiii….so much for creative comedy, and once again typecasting us natives in the only role Hollywood thinks we can do.

    No wonder people act as if we don’t exist in modern times, we are forever stuck in this B.S. frozen imagery.

    • Terrill Case says:

      Yes I would say the same thing if it were about Jews and the Holocaust or any other group of people. People are way too oversensitive. I will always support Adam Sandler’s movies.

  31. dennis minuti says:

    What a bunch of jerks

  32. dennis minuti says:

    I hope it bombs.

  33. diana owen says:

    I am Maliseet Native,We are all over New England and I am living in Manchester N.H.

    I just want you to know I had all of your movies and I was so pissed off they went to Good will !

    You are such an ass you just pissed off 5000 Nations and thousands of Natives with in each of those 5000 Nations.
    You and Netflex just stepped in it deep!

    There is a reason we are so.sensitive to which clothing represents a Nation.. We are sensitive to the bead work, most of all we are sensitive to how our Elders, Children and women are treated!

    We are now going to be very sensitive and not but your movie on Netflex.

    You would never talk to or treat the Black or Jewish community that way ,what the hell ever made you think you will with Natives?

    You are an ass !

  34. Reel Injun says:

    Native Americans have been exploited for film entertainment literally since the medium was developed. Are we seriously going to say they don’t have a right to be sensitive about how they’re portrayed in media and pop culture? It would be different if we saw a whole bunch of accurate portrayals and this was the anomaly, but Native American stereotypes are pretty much the only exposure people have to Native American culture in this country.

    I’m so sick of the “if you don’t like it you can gitout” attitude in this industry. It creates such a lowest common denominator standard of behavior. The things that happen in production would never be tolerated in other industries. It’s embarrassing, frankly. We should be demanding more from ourselves and our peers.

  35. DorothyParkerlite says:

    There’s not enough info to make a call, but it does sound like there might’ve been some just cause to walk, and although it’s not exactly a new thing for producers to be ignorant assholes, people have walked off sets for far less. Comedy doesn’t mean adhering to stereotypes btw, so no, it’s not OK and Hell No to putting up with it — not for cheap toilet humor. And not worth making a movie about. Netflix might be kicking themselves pretty soon. I suspect this is going to be another Jack and Jill.

  36. Joey Herrmann says:

    omg these people have no sence of humor.My god there just jokes hahahaha hehehehe that’s all it is.Stop taking this stuff so seriously.

    • Amanda says:

      Based on your terrible spelling and poor use of grammar, my guess is that you don’t have the intellect to have drawn your conclusion through any form of critical analysis. It’s people like you that help people like sandler make money. Stereotypes, boobs and farts is all it takes to entertain simple minds.

  37. Lex says:

    Native Americans really deserve better material. Everything made a bout this is essentially the same, when it is actually made, which is rare.

  38. I’m surprised more people don’t walk off of all Adam Sandler movies because he’s an insult to good taste.

  39. So you’re confronting producers while not understanding the essence of the project. You need a new career.

  40. TeriLee Huff says:

    My Mom is in the business, long before we had PC, she is half Cherokee and the issues people want to stand up for that are part of humor is ridiculous, she feels. They went to work for Adam Sandler, the title speaks for it’s self, along with the word satire. What did they not see. Use to be that whites with make-up were used for Native American’s or Chinese and my Mom could not get the role.
    Looking for easy money and a lawsuit, please, how about reading up on what you will be in, then make a choice, after that it is on you.

  41. Stephen says:

    No one is interested in what #45-55 on the callsheet think about the movie. Film sets are like China: the duck who quacks gets shot. Also creepy the way she stole a shot of Adam Sandler at video village.

  42. Things are getting to be a little too silly. Come on folks: relax. Enjoy, have some fun, and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.

  43. Coach L. says:

    So Indians don’t have any sense of humor? IT’S A COMEDY!

  44. Hey Now says:

    Not gonna lie this is the most interested I’ve been in an Adam Sandler movie since Happy Gilmore. The only one who worries me is Taylor Lautner. I thought his career was over? The kid is a meathead who cannot act for shit. His movie Abduction was so painful to watch, it should never have been made. Kudos to Sandler though for keeping the convo going on this flick!

  45. Walt Freeman says:

    its acting ? pretend what a society we are. Everyone is privileged get over your self

  46. lisa says:

    Honestly, it’s an Adam Sandler project. If I were to go in one, I wouldn’t expect much lmao.

  47. Screw them. If they can’t understand what a joke is, they shouldn’t be in a comedy.

  48. Pauly says:

    If they were gay or Jew jokes he would be black-balled or sent to “sensitivity” classes. You live by the ridiculous lberal sword, you die by it.

    • GKN says:

      Yeah, lots of advance judgments here, as always. Perhaps the scenes truly were not funny. We’ll only know when and if we see the film. I wonder how if everyone would be this complacent if he had slave-owning ancestors two centuries ago? Or is all this approval, sight-unseen, simply because Sandler isn’t perceived as a liberal? The attitude change from yesterday is downright striking.

      • Eye in the Sky says:

        How many of you have Native American ancestry? I do, and one half of a planet has had its civilizations, cultures, history and everything else destroyed, the people robbed of their identities, had brainwash education force-fed to them for a society that still rejected them because their skins are “RED”. We still get told in school that Native Americans were Stone Age savages and that Christopher Columbus “discovered” the New World and “saved the day”. Fact check: Columbus fucked it up for the Americas. He had greed, slavery, rape on his mind. The Vikings came to North America centuries before that and they explored, traded and such but they didn’t crash the party. Chinese and Japanese sailors have visited the west coasts and there’s strong evidence that black Africans made contact, particularly with the Olmecs. The indigenous Americans have a long history of culture and tradition yet now they are shushed aside and treated like SHIT. So why should these actors keep playing roles that enforce the tired stereotypes and disgrace the race? It’s like expecting black actors to portray the minstrel image, the “boogie in the butt” image, buffoons, Uncle Tom and worse. Or the token gay with the stereotypical “fag” characteristics. It doesn’t have to happen. I say kudos to these Native American actors for walking out on this racist crap. They don’t need it. Besides, Adam Sandler’s “comedy” is so childish, Neanderthal, single digit IQ and lowest common denominator anyway.

  49. You’d expect a little more sensitivity from a Vanilla Ice vehicle.

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