Vanilla Ice defended an upcoming Adam Sandler western spoof after the film’s Native American actors walked off the set to protest disrespectful treatment of women and their culture.
The rapper, who also stars in “The Ridiculous Six,” said the absent actors should lighten up because the movie is intended to be a comedy.
“I don’t think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything,” he said. “This movie isn’t ‘Dances With Wolves’ — it’s a comedy. They’re not there to showcase anything about anybody — they’re just making a funny movie, I think. I don’t have anything to do with it. I just play my part — which is Mark Twain.”
However, Vanilla Ice said he was “part Choctaw,” so he could see both sides of the issues.
The film is Sandler’s first in a four-movie deal with Netflix, which released a statement defending the comedy.
“The movie has ‘ridiculous’ in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” the company said. “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.”
Actor Loren Anthony, who is also the lead singer of the heavy metal band Bloodline, said he had been assured the film would depict Native Americans accurately and respectfully.
But he said he and the other Native actors became concerned when Apaches were depicted as Comanche and after women characters were named Beaver’s Breath and No Bra.
The actors raised their concerns with a producer, who declined to make changes to the film and told them to leave if they were “overly offended.”
“Nothing has changed,” said actress Allison Young, who joined the walkout. “We are still just Hollywood Indians.”
Watch Vanilla Ice discuss the movie in this video posted online by TMZ: