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Insulting stereotypes, demeaning dialogue can't pass as humor

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By Sherry Robinson

After a group of Native American actors walked off the set of “The Ridiculous Six,” now shooting in northern New Mexico, I happened to be at Ghost Ranch for a conference.
The cast and crew were also at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, but only their trailers were visible.
Too bad. I would have enjoyed a word or two with them. Instead, I’ll give them 600 words.
Let me say up front that I’m a fan of Adam Sandler when he’s in movies for grown ups. The rest of the time he makes garbage, which, unfortunately, is what “The Ridiculous Six” is.
Some Native actors, including Mescalero Apache consultant Bruce Klinekole, took exception to insulting stereotypes, ignorance and disrespect for Native culture.
Good for them.
The fact that they objected publicly brought the discussion into an open forum on the Internet and in the media.
It tells you something that I can’t fully explore all the offensive material because the content is too raunchy for a family newspaper. Indians in the movie are supposedly Apache; in real life Apaches were personally modest and conservative in their behavior. Sandler’s Apache women were named Beaver’s Breath and Wears-No-Bra and one that’s unprintable.


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