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Johnny Depp, who tentatively claims he is probably part Native American, plays Tonto to Armie Hammer’s Lone Ranger in the Walt Disney movie that opened on July 3.
Both Depp’s race and his costume, which includes inaccuracies such as full-time war paint and a dead crow as headgear, has generated some controversy.
To wit, one Facebook friend of the writer posted, “All the racist a-holes who were upset that Rue was played by a black actress in the Hunger Games are furious about Johnny Depp playing Tonto, right? Right??”
Social media users’ chief weapon appears to be silence.