Source: TMZ
Source: TMZ

Adam Sandler's Best Native American Friend Is—Vanilla Ice? That's Weird

ICTMN Staff
4/27/15

Adam Sandler hasn't said anything publicly regarding the group of Native American actors who walked off the set of his latest project, The Ridiculous Six, over charges that the script is insulting. But in the absence of comment from Sandler, an actor from the film has stepped forward to try to smooth tensions. He plays a famous white guy in the movie, and is famous as a conspicuously white rapper, but he's touting Native heritage in the ongoing discussion.

It's Vanilla Ice, who portrays Mark Twain in The Ridiculous Six.

UPDATE: Fact Check: Is Vanilla Ice Really Native? Choctaw Researchers Investigate

ICTMN's story on the walkout broke on April 23, and was very quickly picked up by news outlets all over the internet. Later that day, Vanilla Ice tweeted:

"In case you didn't know I am Chactaw (sic) Indian. We had a great time filming the movie. Going to be Great."

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He also posted this picture to his Instagram followers:

Over the weekend, he again identified himself as Native, in this brief interview posted online by TMZ:

TMZ characterized Vanilla's support of the film as a "Here comes the cavalry" situation—perhaps the most unintentionally accurate use of a figure of speech we've ever heard.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
This movie is wrong on so many different levels it's not funny! First of all, a guy named VANILLA (can't get much Whiter than that) is playing Mark Twain - a man who HATED NDNs. To top of that nonsense, he's claiming to be CHACTAW (at least he's not claiming to be a Cherokee princess). WTF tribe is CHACTAW? I just find is hilariously humorous that Mr. Vanilla is trying to smooth over this controversy and he's playing Mark Twain, the asshole who once said of Indians, "He is ignoble—base and treacherous, and hateful in every way. Not even imminent death can startle him into a spasm of virtue. The ruling trait of all savages is a greedy and consuming selfishness, and in our Noble Red Man it is found in its amplest development. His heart is a cesspool of falsehood, of treachery, and of low and devilish instincts. With him, gratitude is an unknown emotion; and when one does him a kindness, it is safest to keep the face toward him, lest the reward be an arrow in the back. To accept of a favor from him is to assume a debt which you can never repay to his satisfaction, though you bankrupt yourself trying. To give him a dinner when he is starving, is to precipitate the whole hungry tribe upon your hospitality, for he will go straight and fetch them, men, women, children, and dogs, and these they will huddle patiently around your door, or flatten their noses against your window, day after day, gazing beseechingly upon every mouthful you take, and unconsciously swallowing when you swallow! The scum of the earth! Now, it seems to me that the redeeming graces of this movie are as elusive as the Compassionate Conservative. This project should just be dumped unless Sandler is willing to change the script and make all the Natives into Jews and heap plenty of concentration camp jokes while calling them Heebs and giving them names like Pinch-a-penny or Lights the Ovens.

Fawna Bluefeather
Fawna Bluefeather
Submitted by Fawna Bluefeather on
Hay ! Mr. Ice, Saying your part Choctaw . Doesn't give you the right to make fun of native people. Nor , does It give you the right To speak For Native People.. The movie is OFFENSIVE... your response Is OFFENSIVE... GET..IT....? GOOD... Too Bad SUG KNIGHT Is not Native...Cause Im sure you would listen to him.....

Valerie Goodness
Valerie Goodness
Submitted by Valerie Goodness on
Classic rendition of desperate people lowering their standard of what is ethical, in the case of Robert Matthew Van Winkle and Adam Sandler. The Media moguls' allowing for bad taste is just part of the settler colonialist "take" methodology. There just happens to be the benefit of promoting racial stereotyping which increases the divide between Americans, while also profiting from the PR created because of it. I would ask Mr. Sandler how his people would react of the, racial stereotypical, shoe were on the other foot.
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