No one has said where these comments are, so I haven't seen or heard them. I've seen only comments about the comments on Facebook.
But his role is still worth discussing. Here's a conversation between me and several people about it:
Well...I just watched it and I'm speechless...maybe Sag and Cher thought no one would see it....
I don't know what to say about Saginaw's and Cher's defense of it. I probably shouldn't say much at all. People involved in the entertainment industry can probably address that better than I can (and some already are)...my focus has been limited to the content of the program.
Yeah--I always hate to judge what anyone does, too--you never know what their side/experience has them to do...the content is what has me completely taken back.
But this episode is way over the top, and Saginaw Grant is participating in some of the worst scenes. There's no conceivable way he can justify declaring himself "King of All Indians," telling the audience what Indians do, or bestowing feathers on the buffoons.
I mean, all Indians catch fish in their mouths? Really? Let's hope he was too addled to realize what he was doing, because that's about the only excuse I can see.
Brenda Golden is supposedly interviewing Saginaw Grant on the radio today [Saturday]. I imagine she'll ask him about the controversy. I hope to hear or read something about what he said.
I find it interesting a number of people (who usually seem to have not watched the show or even the clips online) keep saying things like, "Well, he probably wasn't shown the script before he signed the contract." Or, "He didn't write the script." ... It's a REALITY SHOW. There is no script. That's the whole point of "reality" shows.
I guess Saginaw could've signed a contract without knowing what he was getting into. I'd put that in the "addled" category. Most people would ask questions first, then sign.
I'm still not seeing much of an explanation here. Even if Saginaw didn't know what was coming, he could've played sick...refused to participate...or claimed misrepresentation and sued. Were the Dudesons gonna hardball him when they could easily find another real or fake Indian? I don't think so.
I guess I'll have to listen to the interview when I have time. For more on the subject, see Dudesons Too "Stoopid" to Matter? and Natives Protest The Dudesons.