Nine Native American actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie claiming the film is “disrespectful” to their heritage and to women.
The group quit the satirical Western, The Ridiculous Six, on Wednesdays after producers reportedly ignored their concerns about its portrayal of Apache culture.
The film was accused of racial stereotyping and of including names of Native American female characters which were “offensive”.
The production reportedly includes characters called “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra” and in one scene an Apache character is asked to squat to urinate while smoking a peace pipe.
Actor Loren Anthony said producers told them to leave if they felt offended.
"When I began doing this film, I had an uneasy feeling inside of me and I felt so conflicted. ... We talked to the producers about our concerns. They just told us, 'If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave,' " Allison Young, a Navajo and one of the actors who left the set, told ICTM.
"Nothing has changed," she added. "We are still just Hollywood Indians.”
"They were being disrespectful...” David Hill, a Choctaw actor who also walked out, is reported to have said. “But let me tell you, our dignity is not for sale."
The Ridiculous Six is produced by Sandler and Allen Covert and is slated for a Netflix-only release as part of a four-picture deal with the internet-streaming service.
Production on the film began this month in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.
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