A new version of “The Lone Ranger” is on the loose in theaters across the nation and the debate over Johnny Depp playing the role of Tonto has heated things up across Native America. Folks are speaking up in both support and against it. We are opening up our electronic talking circle to let you share your thoughts on the resurrection of the film and the Hollywood character Tonto. Depp told the Rolling Stones Magazine that he, “wanted him [Tonto] to be no joke.” He also shared he wanted to give hope to kids on the reservations and remind them they are warriors. Do you think this film has the potential to boost Native pride? Where do you stand on this debate? What do you think about the way the movie is being touted as path to turning Native stereotypes around? How will this movie affect our Native nations including Native in the film industry?
Meyers (Comanche/Blackfeet) Film Project Manager/SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market
Terry Gomez (Comanche) Native Educator, Playwright, Director, Actor, Author & Artist
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