Johnny Depp made a name for himself by playing eccentric characters, each more interesting than the last. Lately he's exchanged that legacy for one that's saturated in populist fare and dull executions. What happened to the old Johnny Depp?
The timing couldn't be more ironic, or telling, about how we choose as a nation to frame Native America. It is so much easier to add our $12 to the coffers of Disney and Depp in order to enter the debate about our fantastical American history.
Jay understood Tonto's relationship to the Lone Ranger was one of mutual respect and
brotherhood. He also understood the tremendous power he had as a role model to Native peoples, and he led by example.
Depp's idea to create a new version of The Lone Ranger comes soon after the insensitivity of the U.S. military in using the name of Indian leader and warrior Geronimo to refer to the recent Bin Laden kill operation.