Remember when a dozen Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six back in April because they were tired of all the racist bullsh-t? Yeah, Adam Sandler wants you to know it was a “misunderstanding”.
In an enlightening interview at the premiere of his new movie Pixels, he told the Associated Press, “It was just a misunderstanding and once the movie is out, it will be cleared up.”
That is, if anyone watches it by then. Sandler also farted out this little gem:
I talked to some of the actors on the set who were there and let them know that the intention of the movie is 100 percent to just make a funny movie. It's really about American Indians being good to my character and about their family and just being good people. There’s no mocking of American Indians at all in the movie. It's a pro-Indian movie. So hopefully when people see it — whoever was offended on set and walked out, I hope they realize that, and that's it. It was kinda taken out of context.
Whoever’s working the PR for this movie should be fired. After all the complaints about racial insensitivity at the beginning of production, Sandler’s team had no comment. Its distributor, Netflix, only fueled the fire when it released this statement: “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.”
They could’ve killed this story three months ago by apologizing for the offensive jokes and doing some necessary rewrites on the script. Instead, it’s only gaining traction, with reporters asking about it at the premiere of Sandler’s other terrible movie.
Cameron Crowe set a great example of how to apologize for Hollywood white-washing. When critics complained about his casting of Emma Stone as a quarter-Chinese, quarter-Hawaiian character in Aloha, he wrote an essay on his website, saying:
I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice… if any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame.
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But as sincere as Crowe is, critics pointed out that the native Hawaiians who were in the movie were just extras. We can also look forward to Rooney Mara playing Native American Tiger Lily in Pan.
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With that in mind, we might as well cast Bella Thorne as Princess Jasmine in the Aladdin remake and get it over with.
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