[ View the story "Will Johnny Depp buy Wounded Knee?" on Storify] Will Johnny Depp buy Wounded Knee? Social media reacts to actor's intention purchase Native American land.
The Stream· Thu, Jul 11 2013 11:34:15
This historical land is so important to the Sioux culture and all I want to do is buy it and give it back. Why doesn’t the government do that?dailymail.co.uk
I am doing my best to make that happen. It’s land they were pushed on to and then they were massacred there. It really saddens me.dailymail.co.uk
According to local
Wounded Knee's owner is asking $3.9 million for the land, though country officials
it at $14,000.
Some online claim the timing of Depp's announcement is suspect. The actor has received heat for his portrayal of a Native American in a new film called
The Lone Ranger
Sorry but I feel like this whole Depp buying #woundedknee is just a PR move because of all the poor press he's gotten from Lone Ranger.Brittany Roetman
@nerdysouth605 thing is the most despicable PR stunt ever. Up Next: Johnny Depp for "Honor the Treaties"!Lauren Chief Elk
well why doesn't he just do it instead of taking about it. he could take the money he got paid for his redface act in the lone ranger and buy it a couple times over. end of story.I.m. McBee
While some questioned Depp's motives, others praised his proposal.
he is buying it so it isn't sold and developed ..he is giving it to the Lakota people..I say that's a pretty generous manEat More Fiddleheads
So Johnny Depp is buying the land at Wounded Knee and giving it back to the Native Americans? This is why he's perfect.Gabriela
Given the massive failures of our national government to respect native peoples sacred land, given the land grabbing culture of less than visionary real estate developers that this country is filled with, and given that a private indiv wants to buy this land and return it to those for whom it is presumably sacrad, I am okay with it. The big question is what happens after that.Valerie Grabiel
Following Depp's statements, a Change.org
was created asking him to follow through and purchase Wounded Knee for the Sioux people.
Johnny Depp: Keep his word to buy the Wounded Knee for the Souix NationKeep your word. Promises to indigenous people are frequently made and broken. You promised to buy Wounded Knee and give it to the Sioux N...
What do you think of Johnny Depp's intentions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.