The Oscar-winning film Woodstock stars Steve Martin as a white cowboy who sets off to celebrate Woodstock, a popular music and cultural event that takes place on the first Saturday in January in the United States.
But after the first day of the festival, he gets into a brawl with a Native American and gets arrested for trying to rob a bank.
“If you don’t know what a Woodstock is, it’s just another excuse for you to be a racist,” he says.
The film has also been criticized by the Native American community, including for featuring an actor who said he was “not comfortable with the name Woodstock.”
Martin’s portrayal of the band is one of the few Hollywood depictions of Native Americans that doesn’t portray them as violent.
But the film has faced backlash because it portrays the festival as a racist event that perpetuates stereotypes about Native Americans.
The group’s president, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, called the film “a sad commentary on the culture and heritage of our nation.”
He also said that the film showed “the deep disrespect and hatred for Native Americans.”
Martin said in a statement that he was not a white-supremacist but a “white-supreme conservative.”
The film “demonizes and trivializes the suffering and death of millions of Native American Americans,” he said.
He also apologized for “unintentionally mischaracterizing” the band.
“Woodstock is a celebration of music, culture, and the American spirit,” Martin said.
“It’s a celebration that celebrates the people, places, and things that make America great.”