While Depp's Lone Ranger looks like it might have been a flop with or without him playing the lead role of Tonto, Tumblr user Fandom Heroin has a message for white actors who insist on playing people of color.
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They can never find ethnic actors…until they need maids, slaves, thugs, victims, extras, dropouts, villains. Even in fictional universes we get lightened, pushed to the background, vilified, or exaggerated. That's IF we even make it to the movie. We don't even get to tell our own cultural stories.
Commenters on the Latino Rebels Facebook page were outraged by the whitewashing but also said that beyond boycott threats and anger there is a way to change this dynamic.
Fandom Heroin concludes by saying, "Yet there will never be a black James Bond." But maybe Idris Elba of The Wire and Luther fame will change that.