Depp as Tonto – The White Man’s Indian?

Johnny Depp as Tonto: I’m still not feeling “honored”


I guess we can put all the talk about Johnny Depp “honoring” Native people to rest now. Cause it’s been over a month since those first horrendous publicity pics of Depp-as-Tonto surfaced, and more information has been trickling out about Depp’s “inspiration” for his lovely costume. I think we’ll now see just how careful, respectful and honoring Mr. Depp was with his “research” for his role.

(click on headline for the link to Adrienne’s blog)

Read more at Native Appropriations:
Entertainment Weekly (they link to Adrienne, which is kinda exciting!): Johnny Depp reveals origins of Tonto makeup from ‘The Lone Ranger’
Native Appropriations: Johnny Depp as Cultural Appropriation Jack Sparrow…I mean Tonto
Native Appropriations: Why Tonto Matters
Indian Country Today: Tontomania: Who are we’z anyways?
Guardian: Why I’m Willing to Believe in Johnny Depp’s Tonto
Ryan McMahon gets angry episode 4: I Ain’t Gettin On No Horse
Academic Article on Hollywood Stereotypes: The White Man’s Indian: Stereotypes in Films and Beyond

Tonto was played by Jay Silverheels and was reportedly playing a Comanche, not Apache – who knew? Just more of Hollywood’s sterotypes and illusions… Lara


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