Actor Johnny Depp is no stranger to the movie industry among his many other talents. The actor who played the Captain Jack Sparrow character is also no stranger to controversy. The latest in the list of his acting is his coarse comment with regard to US President Donald Trump. Johnny Depp tendered an apology to Trump for his remarks which he claims didn’t come out as intended. The comment was made in his speech at the Glastonbury Festival.
Johnny Depp with the intention to amuse according to him, told People magazine that the interpretation of it was in “poor taste”, did not “come out as intended”.
Now, what was he apologizing for? You’re about to find out.
Depp had asked the crowd a quite unbelievable question: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
His comments were thought to refer to the Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth.
In reaction, Trump supporters condemned the actor’s action and the White House jumped in by describing his comments as “sad”.
Depp’s remarks on Thursday came as he introduced a screening of his film – The Libertine at the festival in southwest England.
Depp asked: “Can you bring Trump here?”
To which he received some jeers from the crowd. Not one to back down do easily, he added:
“You misunderstand completely. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?
“I want to clarify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living [but] it’s been a while. Maybe it’s about time.
“I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go.”
In the aftermath of the whole saga, the Hollywood star acknowledged the rashness of his comments. Johnny Depp’s remarks may not be unconnected to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth in 1865 and on Friday, the actor tendered an apology:
“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.”
After Depp’s initial remarks, a White House statement on behalf of the president said it was “sad” that the actor had not followed Mr. Trump’s lead in condemning all violence.
The statement read:
“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 Democratic elected official,”
The Press Secretary of the White House – Sean Spicer echoed the same sentiment on Friday, saying:
“The president has made it clear that we should denounce violence in all of its forms and I think that if we’re going to hold to that standard then we should agree that that standard should be universally called out.”
It is worth noting that JohnnyDepp is not the first American celebrity to allude to killing the president.
Comedian Kathy Griffin also wasn’t left out of the act as she captured herself posing in photographs with a fake severed head resembling Mr. Trump, for which she later apologized.
Any particular reason why celebrities are aiming a dig at arguably the mot powerful man on earth?