Warren and Depp, Wannabes
- Indian Comics Irregular #210
Probably the biggest Native pop-culture stories of 2012 have been the controversies over Elizabeth Warren and Johnny Depp. Warren got in trouble for claiming she was Cherokee, without evidence, to get ahead in her career. Depp was ridiculed for basing Tonto on a painting of an Indian with a crow on his head.
You can read my postings about them here:
News and reviews
The Olympics, the Mars rover, two tragic shootings, and a couple of high-profile stereotypes were in the news recently. Here are last week's postings from my Twitter feed on these and other subjects:
Romney and co. continue to hammer the theme of undeserving poor people, getting handouts while they sit on the couch.
Graphic novelist Robby McMurtry shot and killed by deputies for allegedly threatening them with knife. #johntwilliams
Aaron Yazzie, mechanical engineer with NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs, helped develop Curiosity's sample collection.
Biggest problem in "True Grit" is portraying Choctaw territory as empty land. Coens glorify US by erasing Indians.
Given a choice, Native youths reach for "urban" magazines over positive Native publications. #gangstawannabes
Coen brothers denigrate or dismiss Indians in "True Grit" remake. Movie is all about white men taming the wilderness.
Sprinter Usain Bolt: "I am the greatest athlete to live." Columnist: No, that title goes to Jim Thorpe, Olympian.
Sikh shootings reflect America's racist culture. "Hate crimes ... are part of a broader system of white supremacy."
Navajo architect faces sexism. After 10 years of being asked for coffee, she opens her own Indigenous Design Studio.
Stronghold Society sponsors Sk8jam competition to build an art resource studio and skateboarding park on Pine Ridge.
How movie casting works: Whites play whites. Blacks play blacks. Latinos, Asians, and Indians play each other 'cuz "they all look the same."
Football movie "The Express" includes lacrosse scene to justify Syracuse University's stereotypical Indian mascot.
"Books that Shaped America" exhibit at LoC includes "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" but no books by Native authors.
"Real Housewives" remark triggers debate over whether term "Indian" is politically incorrect. Answer: No, it's not.
Hollywood isn't some two-way street where Adam Beach can play the Lone Ranger while Johnny Depp plays Tonto. Only one of those will happen.
Lauer calls Vieira an "Indian giver" on "Today" show. Critic calls it a damaging racial slur regardless of intent.
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