On Wednesday this week, a group of American Indian actors decided to walk away from Adam Sandler movie comedy, citing the offensive names and inappropriate scenes in the movie. The movie “The Ridiculous Six” which was being produced in New Mexico, where there’s quite large population of American Indians, saw the actors of the origin leave.
The actors, who were approximately twelve in number, claimed the movie originated from a script containing names and scenes which insults the Native Americans and women. Names like “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra” were used on some characters portraying Apache women, which did not match respect for the women of that origin. On Thursday Actor Loren Anthony, one of the actors, told The Associated Press that they quit because the content disrespects the Native American religious practices and women. Loren cited scenes from the movie, for example where a woman urinated while smoking a peace pipe.
Before Loren and the group knew the details of the script, they went on with the business although it still wasn’t so good. After realizing the offensive names and scenes, they couldn’t hold on anymore. “Right from the get-go, it didn’t feel right. But we it let it go,” said Loren. “Once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women.” He added.
The New Mexico Film Office claimed that it can’t deal with the matter since it was a First Amendment issue. “As long as the production meets the requirements in the film credit statute, there is nothing prohibiting them from filming in New Mexico and receiving the rebate,” the office said.
With more different races and origins in the United States today, people of each of them demand respect from all corners. Those from Apache culture now demand apology for the offense. So far however, the movie industry has not aired its views concerning the mater.