Johnny Depp’s Year of Scandals Continues with Trump Assassination Joke
Hollywood actor, Johnny Depp this week became the latest movie star to joke about President Donald Trump but this time, no one appears to be laughing.
Depp joked about the assassination of the U.S. President.
“This is going to be in the press and it will be horrible…” Depp said this Thursday while performing at the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?” he added.
Just as Depp predicted, no one appears amused by the joke.
Though he is best known for playing the swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, as of late it seems that Depp has been more successful with drawing media criticism than drawing ticket purchases at the Box Office.
The most recent addition to the Disney’s series opened with the least successful financial opening weekend for any of the sequels in the series.
The first film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, opened modestly before becoming a hit but the most recent film has been the least successful of the series’ sequels.
This sudden loss in the box office might have to do with Depp’s penchant for scandal as of late.
Last summer Amber Heard, his then wife, whom he met and costarred with in The Rum Diary, placed a restraining order before filing domestic abuse charges against him during their divorce proceedings.
The restraining order was cancelled once the two actors settled outside of court, with Heard being awarded $7 million which she donated to charities supporting domestic abuse victims.
Currently, Depp is suing his former management group for mishandling his finances.
The Edward Scissorhands actor claims that he was purposefully kept in the dark on where large chunks of his money were disappearing to. The defendants have released emails showing that Depp and certain family members were aware of his financial expenses.
Depp is no stranger to apologizing to country leaders either. While filming the latest addition to the Pirates franchise Depp was under fire and forced to apologize to the Australian government for sneaking the two small dogs he shared with Heard, into the country without registering them.
On Friday Depp apologized for the joke he made at the UK music festival in an exclusive statement to People magazine.
“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,” Depp told the magazine.
At the festival, before referencing John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Lincoln in asking when was the last time an actor assassinated a President, Depp riled up the primarily-British crowd.
“Can we bring Trump here?” Depp wondered, to which the crowd booed, “No.”
“I think he needs help,” the actor said.
The Hollywood bad-boy went on to say “this is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible.” He then paused before adding, “but I like that you’re all a part of it.”
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?” he asked.
“I want to clarify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living,” Depp carried on. “However, it’s been a while, and maybe it’s time.”
This is not the first time Depp has been publicly vocal about his dislike for President Trump.
Last summer Netflix released an hour long Funny or Die episode, in which Depp transformed into Trump and blundered around in front of the camera.
It was Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie and Depp received acclaim for both his spot-on physical embodiment of the role as well as the massive makeup transformation he undertook to play President Trump.
The White House later released a statement condemning Depp’s joke.
“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official,” the White House statement said.
Depp’s recent words were viewed as “troubling,” according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in an off-camera press conference.
“The President’s made it clear that we should denounce violence in all its forms, and I think if we’re going to hold to that standard and we should all agree that standard should be universally called out,” said Spicer.
However, on Friday, the same day President Trump and Sean Spicer spoke out against violence, the former Trump advisor who last year had called for Hillary Clinton’s execution attended an event at the White House.
When pressed on why Al Baldasaro was still welcome at the White House, Spicer responded that he doesn’t “believe — and the president has said this as well — anybody who goes out and tries to highlight those kinds of actions should not be welcome.”
“I’m not aware of the comments he made,” he said. “I don’t think that we should be resorting to that language with respect to anyone in our country.”
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