A group of American Indian actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie over complaints about stereotypes and offensive names.
Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press today that he and eight others quit the production of the satirical Western “The Ridiculous Six” after producers ignored their concerns about its portrayal of Apache culture.
Anthony says the script also included offensive names for Native American female characters. He says producers told them to leave if they felt offended.
Anthony said the script included offensive names for Native American female characters and a scene where a Native American woman urinated while smoking a peace pipe. Another scene used chicken feathers on teepees, he said.
“Right from the get-go, it didn’t feel right. But we it let it go,” said Anthony, a Navajo actor who started work as an extra on the movie Monday. “Once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women.”
A spokesman for Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison Productions, didn’t immediately return a phone message.
“The Ridiculous Six” is produced by Sandler and Allen Covert and is slated for a Netflix-only release. Production on the film began this month in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.