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Hollywood Hypocrisy on Race.


Photo from UK Daily Mail. Depp says the original 1950s Tonto was offensive. But a white guy with a dead bird on his head is a positive portrayal of an American Indian.

The original Tonto from the 50s was portrayed by Jay Silveheels, an actual Mohawk Indian. Johny Depp claims that the original Tanto was an offensive portrayal of an Indian.

Depp claims he is just the person to portray and speak on behalf of American Indians, because his great-grandmother was part “Cherokee or Creek.” In others words, he might be a whopping 1/32nd American Indian.

Maybe this is why actors historically had the same social status as prostitutes in Western cultures.