Actor Johnny Depp has defended the controversial Dior campaign which was pulled after viewers accused the brand of appropriating Native American culture.
In the ad for the "Sauvage" perfume, Depp plays the guitar in the desert while Canku One Star of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe performs a warrior dance in a traditional Native American headdress and wardrobe.
Social media were unimpressed, and got the ad out of here! But Depp says the outrage was premature:
"A teaser obviously is a very concentrated version of images and there were objections to the teaser of the small film. The film has never been seen," he shared via The Hollywood Reporter. "There was never—and how could there be or how would there be—any dishonorable [intent]. The film was made with a great respect for the indigenous people not just of North America but all over the world."
"I can assure you that no one has any reason to go out to try to exploit. It was a film made out of great respect and with great respect and love for the Native American peoples to bring light to them. They haven't had the greatest amount of help out of the United States government," he continued. "The idea is as pure as it ever was, so we will come to an agreement so that everyone is happy."
Check out the controversial ad below: