Loren Anthony on set of “Ridiculous Six” – Photo from Instagram – Loren Anthony
“The Ridiculous Six”Premieres December 11 on Netflex
NEW YORK — Almost four months after a group of American Indian actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six” because they felt the were insulting to American Indians, the movie actor told the Associated Press on Saturday the movie is a “pro-Indian” movie.
In late April, about a dozen American Indian extras walked off the set in New Mexico during production to “The Ridiculous Six,” which is scheduled to be released worldwide via Netflex on December 11.
“The Ridiculous Six” is Sandler’s first production for a multi-move deal he signed with movie-giant Netflix. “The Ridiculous Six” is a satire to the 1960 “The Magnificent Seven” Hollywood-western.
While the dozen Native actors walked off the set, many other American Indian actors stayed and continued work on the production.
“I talked to some of the actors on the set who were there and let them know that the intention of the movie is 100% to just make a funny movie. It’s really about American Indians being good to my character and about their family and just being good people. There’s no mocking of American Indians at all in the movie. It’s a pro-Indian movie. So hopefully when people see it — whoever was offended on set and walked out, I hope they realize that, and that’s it. It was kinda taken out of context,” Sandler told the Associated Press.
The Native actors who walked off the set in April were upset with the demeaning portrayal of Native women and how the movie producers were insensitive to tribal usage of feathers.
“At first I was glad to be part of the movie because it is about Apaches, who are like cousins to us (Navajo), but then I noticed things were not right about how Apaches were depicted,” Loren Anthony (Navajo) told Native News Online in April.
“For one thing, the costumes we were given to wear were more like what Plains Indians wear, not Apache. Then the way feathers were desecrated on the set made me sick to the stomach literally. I was brought up by my elders to respect feathers. The movie crew paid no respect to the feathers.”
Back in April, Netflex released the following statement after the Native actors walked off the movie set:
“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. 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.”