Recently, Native American actors and crew members walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s new movie “The Ridiculous Six”, citing racist and misogynistic jokes spread throughout the movie’s script. One might wonder what many of the actors assumed would be in a “spoof” genre movie from the creators of The Waterboy and others. Adam Sandler’s career has basically risen thanks to these kinds of jokes, so it is no surprise a movie that is a spoof on the western style of movie, has these kinds of jokes included.
To dive deeper into the movies of Adam Sandler to see if there is any sort of connection between these kinds of jokes and the production level, it is necessary to look at the films in different groupings. First, there is the “Payday” movies, which simply put, bring in more money than the others. Movies in this group includes “The Waterboy,” “Mr Deeds,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “Grown Ups.” Essentially, all of these movies made more than $320 million at the box office, yet few would call these movies good. In fact, Sandler only has a single movie above 75 according to Ray Lane of Rotten Tomatoes. So, it is up to debate what is more shocking, the fact that Sandler would use play on words and possibly derogatory terms in a western spoof movie, or that the actors believed it would be a wholesome flick free of any negative stereotypes.