Johnny Depp serves as grand marshal of Comanche tribe parade: cool or grubby?

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp made an appearance in Lawton, Oklahoma on Saturday, and can I just say that this is a wholly bizarre development? I’ve been to Lawton on a few occasions (a relative lives there, and it’s just a few hours away via turnpike), and I can safely say that it’s one of the last places on earth that one would expect to find Johnny Depp. Still, he made his presence known by appearing at the yearly Comanche Nation Fair. Earlier this year, the tribe deemed him an honorary Comanche for his role as Tonto in the upcoming Lone Ranger flick even though Johnny is Cherokee by blood. In my opinion, the Commanche tribe probably should have waited until the movie came out because, you know, nice bird. Still, this is a grand gesture.

Guardian Express reports that Johnny took time away from the Ranger set to appear as the Grand Marshall in the parade. It was probably part of his deal with the studio to help publicize the movie, but I’m sure he had fun as well even though Lawton (and I do extend apologies to all residents) isn’t exactly a bastion of excitement. By fun, I’m sure that Johnny enjoyed several tokes on the peace pipe throughout his visit (not to be racist, but Johnny loves his smokes in many forms). Here are some details:

Johnny Depp

Well, it might not be a red carpet but hey, Johnny Depp isn’t your typical celeb anyway!

The low-key A-lister made a surprise appearance in Oklahoma today at the 21st Annual Comanche Nation Fair, where he served as grand marshal.

Depp was named an honorary member of the tribe back in May due to his upcoming role as Tonto in The Lone Ranger.

The tribe kept Depp’s appearance hush-hush to keep people from flocking to the parade solely for a glimpse of the actor.

Here’s to Depp keeping it up Kemosabe-style!

[From E! Online]

Even though I generally think of Johnny as a girlfriend-cheating, money-grubbing douche these days, it was pretty damn cool of him to show up at this parade even if he may have been encouraged to do so by the studio. He seemed to be in good spirits and waved happily to everyone who attended the fair. Here’s some video footage of Johnny showing up on the scene at the fair as well as some more candid photos. He looks so baked.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

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  1. Bean says:

    “several tokes on the peace pipe…”?
    Way to be a douchey racist who reinforces negative stereotypes about native peoples.

    I’m told by a friend who was there that Johnny Depp made a lot of people in attendance happy so I’ll just concentrate on that rather than your tacky comments about native peoples….

    • Dawn says:

      +1 From my understanding a peace pipe is ceremonial and spiritual. I know this is a gossip site but still when you start your sentence with ‘not to be racist’ its usually not a good sign.

      • Mimi says:

        Oh calm down, she’s talking about Johnny smoking WEED. Jeez.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        You know what’s ironic about your comments? I read the same blog post and saw absolutely NOTHING racist about it. The comment you quoted seemed more of a dig on Johnny’s weed-smoking tendencies than anything racist/stereotyping about the Native American culture. Not until you took the comments out of context and labeled it “racist” did it even seem offensive or rude to me.

        Please chill with the *knee-jerk PC reaction*-sometimes it really does more harm than good.

      • candice says:

        OK first of all he came to lawton to see us comanches and to celebrate with us.why are there so many haters?????
        well he’s adopted comanche now you all know that right?

    • Bubbaang says:

      I’m a Canadian Native person and I didn’t take offense. I live on a reserve in Northern Canada and have yet to take a toke from a peace pipe LOL.

    • stinky says:

      my .02 cents? it’s a figure of speech about da weed & not a slam to whatever people founded the practice.
      b*tch please :)

  2. T.C. says:

    I would give him credit for wanting to be involved with the Native Anerican community IF he did it before The Lone Ranger filming. This all looks luke crass PR work to get a bye from the community for playing Tonto. When was the last time he did any thing for the Cherokee nation? Not falling for cheap studio gimmicks.

    • Blannie says:


      He always looks like he needs a good shower. He used to be so quirkily attractive — not anymore. Now he just looks dirty and sleazy to me.

      • Bubbling says:

        so true! he used to be so hot, now he looks like someone’s creepy uncle who is drinking from ten a.m. and checking out half naked teenage girls.

    • dcypher1 says:

      I agree that comment had some shade to my native ancestors who did smoke from peace pipes very proudly. He has every reason to be there with his people cus he is proud of his heritage. Us who are ancestors are natives our very proud of the heritage we have left of our culture.

      • Lukie says:

        Pft. Johnny Depp has untraceable native ancestry yet claims it.

        Johnny Depp has traceable black ancestry yet you never here him talk about that.

        If you are claiming one, claim all…

    • blasted1 says:

      I kind of felt the same way. He’s Cherokee by blood and we’ve never seen him in Talequah, OK which is the capital of the Cherokee nation…and is even more boring than Lawton!

    • sally says:

      also ,what he did was cool in my shouldn’t be so cynical, looking at every act as a PR move.there was not one pro photographer in site.
      the nation adopted him and honored him by inviting him to their parade,what does this have to do with the studio?

  3. whatthehell456 says:

    I wish that he’d become a recluse, and only show up in public when on set for a movie…he was so much more interesting when he stayed out of the limelight in France, I’m talking about 10-15 years ago. Now I just know too much about him to be attracted anymore :(

  4. Nona says:

    Geez, what’s with all the Johnny hate? He’s an amazing actor and he’s known for being really nice to fans. I don’t think this is purely a PR move; it sounds like something that would appeal to someone like him. And he’s still hot. He’s just not that slick, Hollywood generic handsome that I absolutely hate. I’d take him over someone like Ryan Reynolds any day.

    • effy says:

      ^This. except the Ryan Reynolds part. lol. am a huge fan of Johnny anyday. :)

    • jinni says:

      You have to understand that Johnny is not one of the “Annointed Ones” on this site (ex. Fassbender, Cumberbatch,Gerard Butler [at one point], Daniel Craig, etc). So everything he does or says will be bashed; whatever negative story the tabs put out about him will be believed. If he were one of “the Chosen” than every negative trait he exhibits would just be seens as more reason to love him or just some adorable quirk and all negative stories would be swept under the rug and vehemently defended as false.

      This is the way of Celebitchy.

    • UNF Joan Jett! says:

      “And he’s still hot. He’s just not that slick, Hollywood generic handsome that I absolutely hate.”

      Yes, yes and yes.

  5. Susan says:

    This old man needs to grow up. His dress is so pathetic. He is a 50 year old with two children trying to look like 15. Not only that but he just looks dirty. I am just so tired of him. Really hoping that he doesn’t have a movie out soon. I don’t think that I can take much more of him.

  6. huhsaywhat? says:

    He looks like John Mayer now :-(

  7. dorothy says:

    He seems greasy since he broke up with Vanessa. Also, here’s a tip: Brush your teeth!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Seriously, people get on Fassy because of his teeth but Depp’s teeth look black in several of these photos…

  8. I was there! says:

    And he looked happier there than in any Hollywood red carpet!

    He was so nice and humble, signed autographs for hours and answered questions from children. He was very respectful with everybody around him!

    Thanks Mr. Depp! it was an honor to meet a gentleman as you!

  9. jen d. says:

    On the photo after the video (the one with Johnny posing with three other people):

    Is the other man in the pic an actor? He looks really familiar.

    • Fishlips says:

      Jen, the guy you are asking about is Gil Birmingham from the “Twilight” movies. He plays Jacob’s father.

  10. Adrien says:

    Is he shooting a Ozzy Osbourne biopic?

  11. Phoenix says:

    Damn haters if you dont like the guy i mean the way he dresses just ignore him and do not even post a comment here, there a lot of clean cut and dapper movie stars you could follow and become a fan of.

  12. lola says:

    Johnny is very nice to fans and has always been. So refreshing to see an A list actor who is so humble and kind. I really like this guy, and please stop with the divorce drama already! Vanessa is over it and still has a great relationship with johnny. There is no reason to be so dramatic about it

  13. savedbykittylitter says:

    No way, here we are all damn bitches and we like to bitch about Johnny, lol jk, but @phoenix haven’t you stopped a second and thought about the name of this site? lol.
    I agree Dorothy and TheOriginalKitten I remember seeing him in Cannes last year he looked gorgeous and clean and at the Pirates premieres… now he looks like this, coincidence??

    • Meh says:

      For the Pirates premiere he was with his Barnabas Collins’ look…that’s why he was so “clean”!

      The same at “Rum Diary” promo (DS shooting was over just some weeks before) that’s why he still was with short hair!

      So nothing to do with Vanessa or because he was trying to hook up with Amber Heard (at the rum diary promo) don’t be naive! his looks has been the same for twenty years and a lot of girlfriends in between!

  14. sally says:

    geez,give it a rest with the “girl-friend cheating” please.I’m sorry but it’s incredibly unfair when there’s no evidence. him and Vanessa were on the outs for long (before the Rum Diary promotions assuming you believe the AH rumors).it was not an overnight thing,even Vanessa said so.the tabloids were bound to write what they wrote anyway.just saying,your assumption is unfair.

  15. muppet_barbershop says:

    What the hayull is Twilight’s Gil Birmingham doing there, in the 4th or 5th largest town in Oklahoma?? He’s from San Antonio and has never claimed to be part of any Native tribe or nation. (My guess is that he’s Latino, which does make him Native by extension; but since he doesn’t care, I don’t care. Personally I like him.) It’s not like Johnny would invite him, is it? This is a great mystery that is gonna bug me for days. Why is he there. Why. …Maybe he still lives in Texas sometimes and the drive is short.