By Paco Lopez
Seems like actor Johnny Depp didn’t learn from the backlash of Kathy Griffin’s faux pas with the Donald Trump severed head joke. [a twitter photo I’ve chosen to NOT show, since it’s been seen enough].
Yesterday (Thursday, June 22nd) while speaking at the Glastonbury Festival in England, Depp said, “When was the last time an actor assassinated the president?” Depp clarified that he was not referring to himself since he “is not an actor” because he “lies for a living.”
But, it’s hard to understand why he would then go on to say, “However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”
That was more than enough to set social media and television, radio, the internet in general and newspapers into overdrive to splash his comments as the lead in all areas of media.
That caused him today (Friday) to backpedal and apologize in a statement to People.
Depp said, “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
Also, he commented, “I think he [President Trump] needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,” he continued, according to the Guardian.
By the way, the correct answer is, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth shot and killed Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre.
Depp went on to address the crowd, “It is just a question — I’m not insinuating anything,” Depp assured the crowd. “By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.”
Of course, the White House would reply to the comments as expected…ignoring the I was kidding comments.
“The joke is no laughing matter,” Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “These things are real.”
This not too far down the road from when Madonna said, “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
Conway called Depp a “nut job” and said his statement was “not a slip of the tongue” but an intentional attempt to spread “vile” ideas that could “easily inflame lunatics who wish to bring harm.” Remember that it was just a week and a half ago when a gunman opened fire on Congressional staffers who were practicing baseball for a charity game in the Washington D.C. area (Alexandria, Virginia).
The shooting injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Crystal Griner, a Capitol Police officer assigned to protect Scalise; Zack Barth, a Congressional aide; and Matt Mika, a Tyson Foods lobbyist.
Conway continued, “We expect actors and musicians and others to continue to spew hateful rhetoric,” Conway said Friday.
Here’s an idea. You’re paid to entertain us…so, as Nike would say, “Just Do It.”