Native Actress Describes Another Disturbing Scene From Sandler's "Ridiculous Six"

Navajo actress, Allie Young, speaks to MSNBC about leaving Adam Sandler film, Ridiculous Six



Negative depictions of Native Americans (as well as other minorities) in Hollywood have lasting legacy since the dawn of cinema.

In 1973, Activist Sacheen Littlefeather attended the 45th Annual Academy Awards to reject the Best Actor award for Marlon Brando: "I'm representing Marlon Brando this evening and he has asked me to tell you... that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry..." Before being escorted off of the premises, Littlefeather added, "I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening and that we will in the future, our hearts and our understandings will meet with love and generosity.."

Now, over 40 years later, Indian Country Today News Media Network reports that earlier this week, a dozen of Native American actors left the set of Sandler's latest film for Netflix, Ridiculous Six citing disturbing racist and sexist scenes that violate the integrity of Native American women and the eldery. One of the actors, Loren Anthony, took to Twitter after leaving, saying Native American Actors are tired of these depictions of their people and culture.

Some of the names of the characters in Ridiculous Six are called, "No Bra" and "Beaver Breath." The film includes a scene where a Native woman character is seen squatting and peeing while smoking a peace pipe.

Actress Allie Young tells MSNBC that she was excited to be in the film, until they started doing her make-up. Young says her skin was bronzed. This is comparable to when Raven-Symoné said her skin was darkened for her role on That's So Raven!

Young goes on to describe a scene in which a Native American character (played by a white woman) is sleeping at a party when a group of white men pour liquor on her, which wakes her up and she begins dancing.

When asked if this experience has changed Young's view on Sandler, she says he is a good guy, but the situation is sad.

Netflix repsonded to the controversy by saying, "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."
SOURCE: MSNBC | YOUTUBE of Sacheen Littlefeather at the Oscars