Earlier this week, about a dozen Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s Netflix film The Ridiculous Six after their concerns about the western parody’s “racist” jokes were dismissed. Today, one of the actors, Allison Young, told MSNBC why she decided to quit the project.
Young said that from the moment she went into the dressing room and was given skin-darkening makeup, despite being “full-blooded Navajo,” she knew that something was wrong. When the cultural advisor for the film decided that the content was too “offensive” and walked out, she and her fellow actors followed suit.
MSNBC’s anchor asked Young to respond to the official statement from Netflix, which read, “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.”
“It’s comedy,” Young said, but when the film does things like use incorrect costumes and show white men pouring liquor on an Indian woman, “they are still perpetuating those stereotypes.”
All of this being said, Young called Sandler a “good guy,” but said “it’s just a little sad to see that maybe they are not willing to change anything” about the portrayal of Native Americans in the film.
Watch video below, via MSNBC:
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