On April 23, 2015, Vince Schilling of Indian Country Today broke the story, “Native Actors Walk off Set of Adam Sandler Movie After Insults to Women, Elders“. It spread through social media  like wildfire and has been discussed on almost every major news network and publication. It has brought the issue of  native representation in the media to the forefront and has spurred the creation of a petition calling for the cancellation of the movie at the heart of the controversy, Ridiculous Six.

Megan Red Shirt Shaw, founder of Natives In America, created the hashtag #NotYourHollywoodIndian as a way for natives and allies to show solidarity with the actors who walked off the set and to discuss why the portrayals in the film are both disrespectful and harmful to indigenous communities.

Two days after the #NotYourHollywoodIndian conversation began, Del Schilling, Co-host of Native TrailBlazers Radio Show, created #WalkOffNetflix in response to the statement that Netflix gave in defense of the Ridiculous Six.

“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 popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”

Many natives and allies have taken to canceling their Netflix accounts in protest of their dismissive statement and support for the film.

Here are just a few of the many tweets that can be found within the #NotYourHollywoodIndian and #WalkOffNetflix discussions:

 

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Johnnie Jae
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Johnnie Jae is of the Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw tribes of Oklahoma. She is the managing partner of Native Max Magazine, founder of A Tribe Called Geek, and contributor to Native News Online. She is the manager and producer for the Success Native Style Radio Network, where she hosts the Indigenous Flame and A Tribe Called Geek radio shows. She is also a founding board member of Not Your Mascots. Known as the "Brown Ball of Fury," Jae seamlessly shifts from humor and pop culture to advocacy and digital media, which has made her a much-sought after speaker and commentator. Her work has been discussed in many media outlets, such as Indian Country Today, ATPN, CBC, USA Today, BBC, Global Post, Women’s E-News, Takepart.com and Upworthy. She has been a guest on several radio shows, including Native America Calling, Native Trailblazers, BBC World Have Your Say and ICI Radio.

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