At least one castmember in Adam Sandler‘s Western comedy appears to have the star’s back.
Controversy swirled around the forthcoming Netflix comedy The Ridiculous Six when a group of Native American actors walked off the set on April 26 to protest sections of the script that they found offensive.
Following the flap, rapper Vanilla Ice, who plays Mark Twain in the film, told TMZ that he doesn’t think the film’s jokes were written in a malicious way.
“It’s a comedy,” he said. “I don’t think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. This movie isn’t [Dances] With Wolves — it’s a comedy. They’re not there to showcase anything about anybody — they’re just making a funny movie.”
The music star, who had a cameo in Sandler’s 2012 film That’s My Boy, pointed out that he is solely responsible for reading his lines and didn’t contribute to the script.
“I am part Choctaw Indian, so I see both sides,” he added.
According to a Gawker report, the script’s jokes includes character names such as Beaver Breath and Sits-on-Face, with one male character asking a female, “How about after this, we go someplace, and I put my peepee in your teepee?”
Director Frank Coraci’s The Ridiculous Six, a spoof of such Westerns as The Magnificent Seven, was written by Sandler and Tim Herlihy. Will Forte, Taylor Lautner, Danny Trejo and Terry Crews also star.
This article orginially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.