Two of the Native American actors who quit Adam Sandler's new comedy western The Ridiculous Six have taken to social media to explain their actions, insisting they weren't amused by the script.
Reports suggest as many as 10 actors and the film's cultural advisor walked off the set on Wednesday (22Apr15), citing bad Apache jokes and disrespectful plotlines.
Producers have defended Sandler, insisting the actors simply failed to get the joke but now one of the Native Americans who signed on for the film, Loren Anthony, says, "I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this and I wasn't down for it. Then they told me it was going to be a comedy, but it would not be racist. So I agreed to it but on Monday things started getting weird on the set."
Anthony and others reportedly took offence to a series of stereotypes and female characters with names like Beaver's Breath and No Bra.
Actress Goldie Tom says, "I felt this was all really disrespectful. Our costumes did not portray Apache people. The consultant, Bruce, spoke to the crew and told them we should not have braids and chokers and he was very disappointed.
"He asked to speak with Adam Sandler. We talked to the producers about other things in the script and they said, 'It's in the script and we are not going to change it'. Overall, we were just treated disrespectfully, they spoke down to us and treated everyone with strong tones."
Following the walk-out, a spokesman for Netflix, which will exclusively stream the film, defended writer/director and star Sandler, stating, "The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason - because it is ridiculous... and the cast is not only part of, but in on, the joke."