The Ridiculous Six is continuing to have a contentious week: After several Native American actors reportedly walked off set, some of the extras are now coming to the film’s defense. Bonifacio Gurule told KOAT 7 in Albuquerque that of the more than 100 Native American actors hired, “only a few took issue” with the immature jokes that allegedly ranged from calling characters “Beaver Breath” to saying another should (warning: dick joke coming up) put their peepee in someone’s tepee. “It’s a comedy, not a documentary,” Gurule said. Another actor pointed out that the film pokes fun at many different cultures.
Vanilla Ice, who claims to be part Choctaw and plays Mark Twain in Sandler’s Netflix project, also defended the film. “It’s a comedy,” he said. “I don’t think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. This movie isn’t Dances With Wolves. It’s a comedy. They’re not there to showcase anything about anybody — they’re just making a funny movie.” The drama began last week, when producers were said to have been insensitive to some of the extras’ concerns. Video of the on-set exchange was disseminated this weekend:
“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” Netflix said last week of its inauspicious start to collaborating with Sandler. “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 film hasn’t announced a release date yet.