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The Lone Ranger

Disney has announced that it is set to lose between $160m and $190m on The Lone Ranger.


I haven't heard much talk about this, but I am absolutely appalled that a major motion picture studio has cast a white man — I don't care if it is Johnny Depp, or if he is allegedly part Cherokee! — in the role of a Native American, especially when there is no shortage of talented Native American actors.

Essentially, Disney is producing the Native American equivalent of a minstrel show with Johnny Depp in blackface. (Redface?)

Really, Depp and Disney ought to be ashamed of themselves, and I, for one, am happy to hear that cinema goers are savvy enough to shun such offensive tripe!


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Aug. 7th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
Indian minstrel aside, they also made the mistake in marketing. After all, they were making a Lone Ranger movie with Johnny Depp NOT as the title character.
Also, who was clamoring for a Lone Ranger film? When was the last time The Lone Ranger was on TV?
Aug. 7th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
I agree that it was a totally shitty idea all 'round. There was no good reason to make this movie in this way or at this time. I DO wish that SOMEONE had thought to cast someone else, but they certainly could've cast an even MORE white man, so I'm okay with Depp taking the role. I doubt that if he'd turned it down, that anyone would've said "Oh, right, perhaps we should use someone LESS WHITE."

For what it's worth, Johnny Depp has always been connected to that part of his heritage. I haven't watched this (because it's a movie about making a snuff film) but he co-wrote, directed, and starred in The Brave in 1997 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118768/?ref_=sr_2). I knew he was genuinely part Native American years ago, so I wasn't surprised at all when I heard he was in the Lone Ranger -- actually, I was more surprised that people weren't aware of this part of his identity (but let's be fair, I know a lot about Johnny Depp).

I certainly have no intentions of seeking out this movie.
Aug. 7th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
I think Johnny Depp was the driver/champion for this movie, and it was written around him as Tonto. Without him playing Tonto, there wouldn't have been a movie in the first place. The titular Lone Ranger is just his straight man.

Johnny Depp's "adoptive mother" (not sure in what actual legal sense) is a Comanche native, is described as a Comanche activist, and has defended his being cast in the role.

Overall, I don't see the foul.

/but the movie looks dumb... wah wah...
Aug. 7th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, I understand Depp was the driving force behind this project. Perhaps he should have called it Tonto, which very well describes the film's apparent quality.
Aug. 7th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
According to Gary Larson, I think the Lone Ranger gets the butt end of the name game :).
Aug. 7th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
I agree! We avoided it for just that reason.
Aug. 8th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
I love good westerns but the Lone Ranger never seemed to catch my attention. And when I saw they used a Pirates of the Caribbean logo to advertise The Lone Ranger, well, seeing Jack Sparrow as a "wacky native" held exactly ZERO appeal.
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