Published Apr 27, 2015He's hardly a national treasure at this point, but last week saw some particularly bad PR for yell-talking "funny" man Adam Sandler. While shooting his new Netflix film The Ridiculous Six, approximately one dozen native actors walked out due to the film's culturally insensitive depictions of their people. The Sand man has yet to issue a statement, but he does have at least one supporter in his corner via rapper Vanilla Ice.
Vanilla Ice previously starred alongside Sandler in That's My Boy, and he also appears in as legendary humorist Mark Twain (that alone is something we're going to be unpacking for the rest of the day). When approached by TMZ, Vanilla came to Sandler's defence by saying that he's "part Choctaw" and adding that he doesn't see a problem with the flick.
"It's a comedy," the "Ice Ice Baby" singer said. "I don't think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. This movie isn't Dances With Wolves."
"They're not there to showcase anything about anybody – they're just making a funny movie, I think," he said. Then, to be sure he covered his own ass, he added, "I don't have anything to do with it. I just play my part."
Though Sandler has yet to release a statement about the film, a representative from Netflix did tell Deadline that everyone involved in the film is on the same page. "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."
At least one dozen people would beg to differ, and the chorus speaking out against the film is growing. Late last week, Defamer obtained some of the offending jokes from The Ridiculous Six's screenplay. Those are available to read here.