Disney’s New Lone Ranger Movie: A Lesson in White Guilt

Photo Credit: io9What makes the Lone Ranger finally embrace the need for his mask, and hence the whole “secret identity” thing? In a nutshell, he realizes his fellow white men are corrupt, and complicit in the mass murder of Tonto’s fellow Native Americans. If he takes the mask off, then he too will wind up becoming complicit. Yes, that’s right — in this film, the Lone Ranger’s mask is made of White Guilt.

And in fact, the only function the Native Americans in this film have, other than Tonto, is to die horribly so that the Lone Ranger will have a catalyst to make him Man Up.

But it’s more than that. We tend to think of superhero movies as power fantasies, in which the use of America’s status as a superpower is reflected by the hero struggling to use his or her power responsibly. But Lone Ranger seems to be making the case that the real seductive fantasy of these stories is absolution from blame — the Lone Ranger gets the Native American seal of approval from Tonto, as long as he’s wearing the mask. He gets surcease from America’s original sin.

That’s the secret of superheroes, according to this film: Peter Parker is a Tool of the Man, but Spider-Man is a free agent. Bruce Wayne is a capitalist running dog, but Batman fights for the little guy.

And that’s why you deserve to suffer. Because a lot of innocent people had to die to make your costume fantasy possible, you bastards.

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  • Kent2012

    damn those crackers (this is not a racist term, at least that is what the racists say) first they “bonk” the indians, Then they sail over to africa and rape and plunder and kidnap a whole bunch of folks and bring them back here and work them until they all die and now they are abusing the people from asia and Mexico…when will it all end !!!!

  • WATCHER

    The liberals should love this racist BS.

  • Amy Walker

    My family and I enjoyed The Man of Steel, The Avengers, and Captain America. They didn’t tear down Americans of any ethic back ground. And they actually honored GOD ALMIGHTY in a low key way. This new Lone Ranger movie is just an attempt to racial slurs against whites and a stage to kill a lot of Indians. No thanks. I’ll pass on this one.

  • Adrien Nash

    I recall I believe that the reason for the mask was that the ranger was so badly injured in an ambush that slaughter all of his fellows that it was presumed that he was dead also. He hid his identity with the mask so no one would know that he survived and would exact justice against the guilty. Now THAT is a logical reason for a mask. So why change it? The author’s attempt at being original and different. Who wants to be a plagiarist? Problem is that you can’t improve on perfection.

  • Robert Young

    While details differ, the basic story of the origin of the Lone Ranger is the same in most versions of the franchise.[8] A posse of six members of the Texas Ranger Division pursuing a band of outlaws led by Bartholomew[citation needed]
    “Butch” Cavendish is betrayed by a civilian guide named Collins and
    ambushed in a canyon named Bryant’s Gap. Later, an Indian named Tonto
    stumbles onto the scene and recognizes the lone survivor as the man who
    saved his life as a boy. When Tonto left the Reid place with a horse
    given him by the boy Reid, he gave Reid a ring and the name Kemo Sabe, which he said means “trusty scout.”[15]
    He nurses the man, whom the radio show eventually established as being
    named John Reid, back to health. Among the Rangers killed was Reid’s
    older brother, Daniel Reid, who was a captain in the Texas Rangers and
    leader of the ambushed group. John Reid fashions a black domino mask,
    using material from his brother’s vest to conceal his identity. To aid
    in the deception, Tonto digs a sixth grave and places at its head a
    cross with Reid’s name so that Cavendish and his gang would believe that
    all of the Rangers had been killed.

    Wikipedia