Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Anniversary …

… R.T.’s Marginalia : The Lone Ranger rides again — or does he?

The Lone Ranger never smoked, swore, or drank alcohol; he used grammatically correct speech free of slang; and, most important, he never shot to kill. More offensive to modern historical and ethnic sensibilities was the Indian scout Tonto, who spoke in a comical Indian patois totally unrelated to any authentic Indian dialect, uttering ludicrous phrases like “You betchum!”
You have to wonder about people surprised and offended that a Radio/TV series was not historically accurate. I never heard any complaints from Jay Silverheels.

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