Vanilla Ice defends Adam Sandler’s Netflix comedy film over Native American jokes controversy

Vanilla Ice appears as Mark Twain in Sandler's controversial comedy 'The Ridiculous Six'

Vanilla Ice has spoken out in defence of Adam Sandler’s upcoming Netflix comedy film The Ridiculous Six after its depiction of Native American characters became embroiled in controversy.

Last Monday (April 23) around a dozen Native American actors walked off the set of the film, Sandler’s first in a four-picture deal with Netflix, after objecting to a script that one departing cast member called “totally disrespectful to elders and Native women”. Two of the female Native American characters in the film are understood to be called ‘Beaver’s Breath’ and ‘No Bra’.

Netflix quickly released a statement defending the project, saying: “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 popularised, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of – but in on – the joke.”

Now Vanilla Ice, who play Mark Twain in the film, has voiced his support too, telling TMZ: “It’s a comedy. I don’t think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. This movie isn’t Dances With Wolves.”

The rapper-actor, who describes his heritage as “part Choctaw” Native American, added: “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.”

Alongside Sandler and Vanilla Ice, the film’s ensemble cast includes Nick Nolte, Luke Wilson, Taylor Lautner, Steve Buscemi, Whitney Cummings and Dan Aykroyd. The Ridiculous Six is set to premiere on Netflix in 2016.