Did you know Adam Sandller is making a new movie? Yeah me neither. At least not until very recently. Apparently its meant to be a parody of the Magnificent Seven which means the movie is set in the old west. Which had among other peoples, Indians. And if you’ve seen the “evolution” of Sandler’s movies in recent years you can probably guess where this is going. So yeah about a dozen of the extras and the movie’s “cultural consultant” walked off the set after being offended by some of the jokes being made, the costumes and the lack of accuracy. In an Adam Sandler movie.
Now I gotta admit I have some very mixed thoughts about all this. On the one hand one of the extras, who goes by the name Loren Anthony, was intialy uninterested in doing the movie because he figured it would be…. an Adam Sandler movie.
“I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this and I wasn’t down for it. Then they told me it was going to be a comedy, but it would not be racist. So I agreed to it but on Monday things started getting weird on the set,” he said.
Anthony says he was first insulted that the movie costumes that were supposed to portray Apache were significantly incorrect and that the jokes seemed to get progressively worse.
“We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche,” he said. “One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver’s breath. One character says ‘Hey, Beaver’s Breath.’ And the Native woman says, ‘How did you know my name?'”
Now on the one hand, expecting accuracy, intelligence, or taste from an Adam Sandler movie is well, dumb as dogshit. Expecting Adam Sandler not to use broad stereotypes, caricatures, and every hackneyed joke in the book is even stupider. But Loren is apparently one of those people who gets extremely offended when you push his hot buttons. Then again, aint everybody?
On the other hand, as you can see from the video posted here these extras actually thought that the production crew would change the lines, costuming, etc because they were offended.
No, I get that they were offended, I think that walking off the set was the right thing for them to do. But at the same time, its his fucking movie. It’s being produced by his production company. If he wants to make a 90 minute movie which consists of nothing but him taking a shit on a toilet made to look like the face of Geronimo while engaging in a rant about how “all injuns are drunken idiots” and using every offensive slur he can think of that’s his right. ITS HIS FUCKING MOVIE. If he can get people to invest in it, or he can self finance it, and that’s what he wants to make then that’s what he gets to fucking make.
See folks nowadays seem to think that their offense gives them some kind of power over others, as if instead of being a country that guarantees freedom of expression The US is one that enshrines freedom from offense. It doesn’t work that way. Now at this point the usual genius’s will pop out of the woodwork claiming that “The first amendment only guarantees your right not to be censored by the government”, and they are half-right. But the concept of free speech isn’t just limited to the government. It was never meant to be. It was meant to be a broader ideal, one in which as the old saying goes (paraphrased) “I may find what you say to be morally indefensible, tasteless, idiotic, offensive, and physically sickening, but I will still fight for the death for your right to say it”.
Because that’s the only way a free society can run. There is no need to protect speech that people don’t find offensive. If everyone likes what you have to say it needs no defense. It is precisely the offensive, the racist, the sexist, the insulting, the disgusting speech that needs to be defended because if we don’t then anything we say can be censored simply by labeling it offensive, or racist, or sexist, or or insulting, or disgusting, and that means those in power, or seeking power can ALWAYS find an excuse to ban any speech they don’t want. And that’s how you end up with Nazi’s, or the KKK, or the party in the white house instead of marching down the street in a Nazi parade while being laughed at by anyone with a brain. Or alternatively how you end up with with a bunch of dead editors and cartoonists in a Paris office.
So yeah, Adam Sandller, used to be funny, not so much anymore. Loren Anthony get over it and next time don’t be such a dumbass as to think Adam Sandler isn’t going to be Adam Sandler. Not even if he really promises not to be… Adam Sandler
Final note, how sad is it that we live in a word where Adam Sandler has more balls then Captain fucking America?