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The recent furor over Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6, which resulted in a group of Native American quitting his movie, is obviously a sensitive issue. But there’s no need to worry anymore, because Vanilla Ice has joined the debate, and insisted that the film isn’t meant to be taken seriously - before then pulling poor old Kevin Costner into this entire fiasco.
TMZ recently stopped Vanilla Ice, who is one of Adam Sandler’s co-stars in the western, and questioned him about the recent issues with the comedy’s production that have already threatened to eclipse the film. Ice was asked if the Native Americans that left production appreciated the "subtlety of humor" in Sandler’s script, to which he responded:
I mean, I don’t know – it’s a comedy. I don’t think anybody had any ill feelings or intent or anything. This movie isn’t Dances With Wolves; it’s a comedy. They’re not there to showcase anything, they’re just there to make a funny movie. I don’t have anything to do with that though. I’m just there to play my part.
Vanilla Ice also noted that as he’s part Choctaw Indian he is also able to see both sides of the debate, but refused to fall down firmly on any side of the argument.
This entire controversy involving Native Americans on the set of The Ridiculous 7 began just last week when it as revealed that a dozen actors had quit the film because of the way that Apache culture is going to be depicted in the movie. It’s been reported that specific issues involved things like a character named "Beaver Breath" and the image of a woman peeing while smoking a peace pipe. Basically, the argument was that it took the satire too far. A Netflix representative has since insisted that the movie is "ridiculous" and proud, while explaining, "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 Ridiculous 6 will star Sander, Will Forte, Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Terry Crews, Luke Wilson and a variety of Sandler regulars, and it is a spoof on The Magnificent Seven. Meanwhile Vanilla Ice also revealed in his discussion with the aforementioned publication that he landed the role that he was born to play for Ridiculous Six: Mark Twain. That’s right, the man who danced with the Turtles is portraying arguably the most iconic American writer in history. It’s not been checked, but it’s probably safe to assume that Twain is spinning in his grave right now.