Johnny Depp is yet another actor to get in a bit of hot water over some Trump shenanigans. Instead of a bloody head like Kathy Griffin, Depp brought up some historical humor, asking the audience, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
Depp added, “I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been awhile, and maybe it’s time.”
The crowd, at the Glastonbury Festival in England, laughed and cheered at the actor’s assassination joke. In fact, before he made the joke he received an opposing response. He first asked the crowd, “Can you bring Trump here?” which was met by a chorus of boos and jeers. But when he made the assassination joke the crowd lightened up. It’s like talking tongue-in-cheek about killing the president is a form of crowd control in some places. It neutralizes dissent and gets the crowd hooting and cracking the f**k up.
The White House have denounced Depp’s statements, and the Pirates of the Caribbean star has apologized.
At the festival, Depp was introducing a screening of a film where he plays a womanizing poet. Before the 2004 film The Libertine was shown, Johnny boy had to throw his two cents onto the dumpster fire that is the “Trump-hysteria culture” that has simply ravaged any decency left in the American media and political machine, which has spilled out infecting the indoctrinated masses with a loathsome blood lust towards whom they have cast as the malevolent transgressors of society. And whoever betrays this social dogma must face the tyranny of the masses.
Nevertheless, Johnny Deep did know his words would erupt into controversy…
“By the way, this is going to be in the press and it’ll be horrible,” he said. “It’s just a question; I’m not insinuating anything.”
At first, Depp was merely posing us a question. He was also drawing us back to the aftermath of the Civil War, which saw Republican President Abraham Lincoln fall to the pistol of John Wilkes Booth. But then he turned tail on his remarks and apologized.
“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said in an interview with People Magazine. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
The current White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had this to say: “The president’s made it clear that we should denounce violence in all of its forms, and if we’re going to hold to that standard than we should agree that that standard should be universally applied.”
Spicer also condemned Kathy Griffen’s bloody prop comedy and the new Trump-inspired Julius Caesar production. He noted that there is a “troubling lack of outrage we’ve seen in some of these incidents.”