Adam Sandler's new movie, Pixels is about to come out (which doesn't look as crappy as I thought it was going to be), and it's now that he addresses the problems on the set of his Netflix (why, netflix, why?!?!) funded movie, Ridiculous Six. One would think that the best time to release a statement about the problems they've had on set would be as they happened, not months later...but I guess someone decided not to hedge their bets on Pixels and realized they needed to drum up as much interest/attention as possible.
Sandler tells the Associated Press and ScreenCrush,
“It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out will be cleared up. 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.”
Yea, no. The Native American actors in the film were complaining about historical inaccuracies, and racist character names like "No Bra" and "Beaver Breath". And from the video that was released, from the set, the producers did not take their concerns to heart at all, and pretty much told them to either shut up or leave. And you know how bad it is for a Native American actor, who's probably spent their entire career speaking half grunt/half English, wearing a loincloth to walk off a paying job.
It's ridiculous that Netflix even paid to have this movie made (with Sandler! no less), and even more ridiculous that they tried to defend it under the guise of comedy and satire.