Depp's Tonto - Based on Original Portrait

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I have so many issues with this it's hard to begin.

1. Native American artists are a dime a dozen. It's true. Thanks to the boarding school experiences, many First Nation students were encouraged to follow the arts: painting, ceramics, weaving, classical music. For generations. So believe me, more often than not, those of us who do not follow artistic pursuits have at least one immediate relative who does. And this segues directly into:

2. WHY THE EFF USE A NON-NATIVE ARTIST WHO RATHER DISINGENOUSLY ADMITS TO HAVING NO CLUE ABOUT NATIVE CULTURE? The man states on his own freaking website "(I aim to slate) my audience’s sensibilities of the subject without the constraints of having to adhere to historical accuracy." It's a lot easier when you can just make it up than put in the work to actually educate yourself about First Nation religion, dress, and culture.

3. As a descendant of Native people, quite frankly, Mr. Depp should have known better. There are wonderful, modern Native artists who would have contributed something with depth and meaning. What a suprise. Lone Ranger Fail.

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