There's a good point here. Namely, if Depp thinks his crow-head portrayal is honest and respectful, why doesn't he wear a crow-head today? When he appeared in the Comanche Nation's parade, for instance. Wouldn't that have been a great way to honor the Comanches he's portraying in the movie?
In short, you either portray Indians respectfully, or you admit you have no respect for them and their cultures. You don't get to have it both ways.
Incidentally, a genuine pirate might legitimately be offended by Capt. Jack Sparrow, too. But there are no pirates left. Just as there are no Vikings or Trojans or Spartans to protest those sports mascots.
Tonto = truth or fiction?
You emphasized "fictional," but I addressed that point with my comment:
It's a movie prop that Depp chose under the guise of giving fans a more honest and respectful portrait of Indians. If it's a pure fictional fantasy, he doesn't get to use language that implies honesty and respect.
Now go ahead and address my point, since repeating "fictional" doesn't do it.
Unlike you, I've read them all. Here's one of a dozen examples:
Under the New Mexico sky, 'The Lone Ranger' rides again
In other words, he's not saying that his portrayal is unique and unrepresentative, he's saying the opposite. He's claiming to give fans a more honest and respectful portrait of Indians (plural).
Also, you're apparently ignorant about how stereotyping works. Are you aware that people learned about Indians, all Indians, from old movies? Even though these movies portrayed only one Indian or tribe of Indians at a time?
Go ahead and explain how Native stereotypes arose from these old movies. How audiences generalized from a few movie Indians to all Indians. That'll tell you how Depp's performance will do the same thing.
And if you can't or won't answer my challenge, this is a waste of my time. I'm not explaining Stereotyping 101 to someone who has never studied it.
If you want to discuss this, fine--then answer my questions. The more ignorant person doesn't get to interrogate the less ignorant person as if she knows best.
There is no "true Native American aspect...of Indians in general"? No duh. That's a restatement of Depp's position, not mine. He's the one who claimed he was presenting the "true Native American aspect" in The Lone Ranger. I'm the one who said he has no business saying that.
If you think Depp's portrayal is pure fantasy, tell it to him, not me. His claim that he's giving us something "true" is the problem here. He's basically lying to audiences by promising something "true" but not delivering it.
Repeat: You either portray Indians respectfully, or you admit you have no respect for them and their cultures. You don't get to have it both ways.
Get the point yet? How many different ways do I have to explain this to you?
P.S. It's silly if not stupid to say someone's criticism is "bitter." Any "bitterness" you sense is in your imagination.
For more on Johnny Depp, see Hammer Says Indians Love Depp and Little Criticism of Depp's Tonto?!