Tense Video Shows Native American Actors Confronting Producers On Set Of Adam Sandler Movie

Tense Video Shows Native American Actors Confronting Producers On Set Of Adam Sandler Movie

A recently released video filmed on the set of an upcoming Adam Sandler movie shows Native American actors arguing with producers that the script reinforces negative stereotypes against their community.

The actors ultimately walked off the set and quit, a move that's depicted in the footage and made headlines earlier this month.

“Here’s the thing -- if you are overly sensitive about it… then you should probably leave,” one of the producers is shown saying in the video to the Native American actors, who took issue with a character being named Beaver's Breath.

"You’re trying to tell us what’s disrespectful to us?" one of the Native American actors replies. "You’re trying to tell a Native what’s disrespectful to them?"

The producer responds that the character's name won't change, and a crew member chimes in, arguing that it wasn't insensitive because "Adam Sandler is playing a person that loves you guys."

The video was filmed by actor Goldie Tom, who appears in the upcoming Sandler-produced Western satire, "The Ridiculous Six." Indian Country Today Media Network released the footage last Friday, and it went viral on Tuesday.

Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press last week that in addition to offensive character names, the script included a Native American woman urinating while smoking a peace pipe and the use of chicken feathers on teepees.

Netflix, the film's distributor, defended the script as a comedy in a statement. "The movie has 'ridiculous' in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous," the company told ABC News last week. "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's producers did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post's request for comment.

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