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The Lone Ranger

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

Good!

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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minkrose
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.

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