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Old 06-21-2013, 06:00 AM   #1
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"Disney courts Indian Country, ignores Native media"

On the topic of "The Lone Ranger" I just received an email from the Native American Journalist Association (of whom I am a member) that they have not been granted credentials to attend the premiere. Not that NAJA is automatically entitled to attend the premier or anything, but given the subject, and characters of the film, you'd think Disney would want NAJA there.


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NAJA supports inclusion of diverse media in coverage of "The Lone Ranger"

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Native American Journalists Association

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Native American Journalists Association was informed that press junkets associated with the premiere of the movie "The Lone Ranger" have been well attended by journalists but not by Native journalists.

While Disney has attempted to reach out to Native American audiences with the film, they have curiously forgotten to invite media from Indian Country to cover it.

National Native News, a national Native American radio program based in Albuquerque, N.M., made several requests for access to a press event in Santa Fe, N.M., June 19, however, these were not granted. Disney did issue a response to NNN at the conclusion of the event.

A large portion of the film was shot on the Navajo Nation. While some Native media groups were contacted about attending the film's premiere in Oklahoma, the New Mexico premiere has Native media groups that should have also been included in press events. New Mexico is home to 22 tribes, nations and Pueblos, as well as many NAJA members and Native reporters.

NAJA has always strived for the inclusion of diversity in media. With "The Lone Ranger" featuring a prominent actor portraying a Native American, in a film largely shot on Native land, we are left with two answers to why tribal media has not been involved in coverage: Disney forgot to reach out to Native reporters, or Disney purposefully ignored Native reporters.

Both possibilities raise additional, troubling questions.

NAJA urges Disney to grant credentials for future events to Native American media outlets so they can report alongside their counterparts. With a constant lack of ethnic diversity in mainstream media, NAJA asks that Disney include Native reporters and allow actual representatives of Native nations the opportunity to report on issues and films that attempt to represent Native people.
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That does it, I'm not watching it in the theater!
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Most likey, Disney fears backlash from the Native American community. They don't want bad press. I feel as though, although many might have done their best to ensure support from the Native American communities, there will be some (if not many) offences in the film. I mean... it is Disney. I already see Johnny Depp as a caricature in the role of Tonto. The costume, the dialect, not to mention he is white... Has film not made any cultural advances in the past hundred years...? I'm surprised he even accepted the role.
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Most likey, Disney fears backlash from the Native American community. They don't want bad press. I feel as though, although many might have done their best to ensure support from the Native American communities, there will be some (if not many) offences in the film. I mean... it is Disney. I already see Johnny Depp as a caricature in the role of Tonto. The costume, the dialect, not to mention he is white... Has film not made any cultural advances in the past hundred years...? I'm surprised he even accepted the role.
why would you be surprised? depp is an ACTOR and as much as he tries to be "friends" of the natives or whatever he is trying he is STILL just an actor....and what are actors motivated by? MONEY and FAME so even if he was a good friend to the indians and every single indian in the US/canada told him it was wrong he would STILL do it.....depp is gonna be an actor no matter what.....and disney is gonna do what they do no matter what....and that is MAKE MONEY regardless of our feelings....the zionist sociopaths who run hollywood really only care about a dollar being made and the only time a company "apologizes" for something it is only done post-humorously or because someone is making a bigger stink than they can handle......they know it angers natives.....but they will do it anyways
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Most likey, Disney fears backlash from the Native American community. They don't want bad press. I feel as though, although many might have done their best to ensure support from the Native American communities, there will be some (if not many) offences in the film. I mean... it is Disney. I already see Johnny Depp as a caricature in the role of Tonto. The costume, the dialect, not to mention he is white... Has film not made any cultural advances in the past hundred years...? I'm surprised he even accepted the role.
I'm on the fence about Colonel Depp if for no other reason than I have a lot of respect for him.

I'm not surprised that Tonto is a caricature, it's sort of what he's always been. I know the preferred term is "Uncle Tomahawk", but I've always used the phrase "uncle Tonto" Mainly because it as a nice ring to it, but also because I find the Lone Ranger's trusty side kick to be the one of closest thing to an American Indian Uncle Tom in fiction.
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We're 0.5% of the population of the United States, there's not a lot of bargaining power there.
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We're 0.5% of the population of the United States, there's not a lot of bargaining power there.
We have our own TV network up here... ATPN. It's included in most basic cable packages.

We're sitting at about 4.3% of the Cdn population. (now those numbers are only for status - not Metis and Inuit)

We are considered the fastest growing demographic sector under 25 - Our numbers have doubled since 1980.

When you do that, you get your own National TV network. (who'da thunk that?)
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By Crom! That low? We need to get to work bringing those numbers up!

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