A new Adam Sandler comedy "The Ridiculous Six" has been criticized for reportedly using jokes that are demeaning to Native Americans, and using make up to portray those actors as darker, or what some have called "red face."
The movie’s cultural adviser and Native American actors walked off the set in protest last week. A cell phone video (below) surfaced of the actors bringing up the stereotypes with the producers of the film.
An unidentified producer reportedly told the Native American actors that if they were overly sensitive about the situation then they should leave.
The Hollywood Reporter also noted, "According to an on-set pro, members of the makeup team have been darkening actors of various ethnicities (including black and Asian talent) to make them appear Native American."
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Actress Allie Young, a “full-blooded Navajo" who left the film, told MSNBC last week that the make up artists "bronzed" her, reported Mediaite.com (video below).
“Well, being on set, I think when it first hit me was going into the dressing room, make up and hair, and seeing, I mean, I’m full-blooded Navajo and they bronzed me. And you know I was quite confused, " Young said.
She added that the cultural consultant for the film was the first to leave the set.
Netflix has defended its film in a statement: "The movie has 'ridiculous' in the title for a reason — because it's 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."
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Young said that the film was perpetuating stereotypes.