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Controversy brings mixed reviews for 'The Lone Ranger'
Portrayal of Native Americans, history makes critics skeptic
Johnny Depp portrays Tonto and Armie Hammer portrays The Lone Ranger in the western, action film, “The Lone Ranger.”
“The Lone Ranger” is shaping up to be quite a divisive movie. The very notion of reviving Tonto, the quintessential pop culture personification of the noble savage stereotype, sparked debate when Disney first announced plans to make the film. Because it is Disney, with its long track record of missing the mark with characters from outside Euro-American culture, many assumed the movie would be racist.