Friday, January 25, 2013

More Movie Thoughts

As I mentioned in the last post, the new Lone Ranger trailers look good. But I've been wondering about something. Disney has long been accused of being racially insensitive. Having Johnny Depp play Tonto may cause a stir. In the past, using white guys to play Indians has enraged the Native American community as there are plenty of Native American actors out there.

The part of Tonto itself has always been interesting. In the old TV series Tonto was not portrayed as stupid or helpless. He could hold his own in a fight and certainly did not need the Lone Ranger to hold his hand. This, in an era where most depictions of Indians by Hollywood were racist as hell. And the Tonto character in the new movie looks interesting. Still, it's another white guy playing an Indian. Time will tell, I suppose.

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