Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger
I have a confession to make. I like Tarzan. What does that have to do with The Lone Ranger? Bear with me… Some of the properties that I grew up on can seem, in retrospect, let’s say, “racially insensitive.” So, there is more than a bit of consternation on my part when, periodically, Hollywood produces a new take on certain properties and, more specifically, characterizations that were offensive even when they were first presented.
I knew that Disney was producing a new Lone Ranger movie. I was dubious, but hopeful that this could be an opportunity to introduce the character to a new generation, while avoiding some of the more unfortunate depictions of Tonto, the Native American partner to the Ranger.
Then I started seeing the trailers. Sigh.
But, still, I wanted to like this movie, because, however troubling…
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