Johnny Depp Cracks Trump Assassination Joke And It Backfires
Johnny Depp got himself into a world of trouble after threatening Donald Trump, the President of the United States.
Johnny Depp was at the Glastonbury Festival in England over the weekend beginning 24th June 2017. This is an annual festival that see's music lovers all over the world go to enjoy their favorite artists.
Depp was one of the many celebrities who turned up for Glastonbury this year however up on leaving the popular festival found himself having to deal with a lot of angry fans.
Depp was heard saying to fans during the festival "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" in which he claimed was a joke, but no one was laughing.
Anytime there's a threat towards a President, it should be taken serious. It's not really something people should joke about. Call Trump an orange if you like, but any jokes involving violence towards the President should come with a consequence. Those words can be taken completely out of context, but you can probably see why many fans are upset with Depp. The words used sound seemed like he was suggesting he would kill Trump, or he was approving of another celebrity doing it. The last time a celebrity murdered a President was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. That was more than 150 years ago. People know better than to do something like that.
"It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone," he said in the statement.
Johnny Depp had later apologized in a written statement for his bad joke about assassinating Donald Trump. He said that it was in bad taste and he had not intended to harm anyone, only to amuse. Sure, a joke fell flat. That's fine, but let's keep jokes about killing the leader of America out of the lineup.
Johnny Depp and other celebrities have opened a new chapter of political expression and inciting violence against public figures. Celebrities should probably calm down with their talk of committing a horrible crime.
Actor Johnny Depp on Thursday became the latest US celebrity to invite controversy by making a thinly veiled allusion to the killing of President Donald Trump, asking the crowd at the Glastonbury arts festival in England, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"
The comments, interpreted as a nod to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth more than 150 years ago, sparked widespread condemnation.
But it's clear the US has opened a new chapter in the debate over political expression, art and inciting violence against public figures, one that has been raging for years but has taken on a heightened pitch since Trump took office -- and a slew of celebrities have lined up to oppose him with increasingly provocative language.
Depp apologized in a written statement first reported by People Magazine for the "bad joke" he made, calling it "in poor taste."
Threatening the leader of any country is a horrible idea that is frowned up on. If Johnny Depp had of threatened the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, then Depp would probably been tossed on a Spanish Donkey right there on the spot. Jong-Un doesn't play games and neither should anyone else. If someone threatens the leader of a country, then there should be a penalty for it. We need to remember the chain of respect that we should pay to our leaders.
Fans have expressed their anger on social media and are calling for Disney to cut ties with Johnny Depp.
Depp is not the first celebrity to say or do something that comes across as a threat towards the President Trump.
Kathy Griffin was fired from CNN for posting an image on social media of her holding a decapitated head of Donald Trump. This caused outrage being that his youngest son Barron Trump may have seen the image and suffered a little bit of distress.
Is what Johnny Depp said worse than what Kathy Griffin did and posted on social media?
Madonna made stupid remarks during that lousy Women's March in Washington. She was angry and outraged and that talked about blowing up the White House.
Whether it's the President of the United States or a random person out in the street, a threat is a threat and it should be taken seriously.
Depp may have joked about it to amuse the crowd, but he should have thought better about his words before speaking them. Now he's in a little bit of a mess with his fans and employers.
Should Johnny Depp face punishment for his words? Or was his words taken out of context?