Adam Sandler's next film may be heading straight to homes on Netflix, but amazingly, the actor has still managed to find a way to get people to walk out on this thing.
Sandler is currently in New Mexico shooting The Ridiculous Six, a Western in the mold of The Magnificent Seven, if that film were a deplorable comedy. But according to the Indian Country Today Media Network, production hit a snag on Wednesday when around a dozen Native Americans abruptly left the set over the film being insulting to not just humor but an entire race of people.
The issues apparently began with Sandler opting to use largely Navajo actors in place of his usual surrogate, Rob Schneider caked in bronzer (seen above in Bedtime Stories). These actors, along with a Native American cultural advisor, are said to have taken offense with the script--written by Sandler and his woefully frequent collaborator, Tim Herlihy--and its depiction of the Apache culture. It's said that, in the same hilarious mold as osteoporosis, women and the elderly were particularly targeted.
For example: The Apache female characters were reportedly given names like "No Bra" and "Beaver's Breath." The latter name is revealed in a scene in which someone says, "Hey, Beaver's Breath," to which Beaver's Breath asks, "How did you know my name," and it's presumably because of her breath. It's said other gags include a woman squatting to pee while smoking a peace pipe, and "feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee." This may be the Adam Sandler comedy to finally outdo Georgia O'Keeffe in Southwestern vaginal imagery.
On its surface, it may seem that shaping traditional feathers into female genitalia, or crudely naming an Apache woman after female genitalia, is making fun of Native American culture. And it may seem like a woman peeing while smoking a peace pipe is not even a joke in any way at all. But according to a Netflix spokesperson, the offensiveness is all imagined, invented--critics seeing a bra where there is, in fact, No Bra. Yes, by Netflix's explanation, this is all just silly yet incisive racial commentary.
"The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous," a spokesperson for the streaming service said on Thursday. "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."
The question remains, though: how can it be satire when Sandler clearly killed the concept of satire with Jack and Jill?