Johnny Depp’s assassination comments

In a time of growing concerns about talk of violence and actual violence against politicians in the US Johnny Depp has added fuel to a fomenting fire with outlandish comments about president assassination.

Fox News:  Johnny Depp talks about assassinating Trump

At an appearance in England on Thursday, actor Johnny Depp joked about assassinating President Trump.

“I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,” Depp said.

Depp, noting his comments would “be in the press,” began discussing prior assassinations of presidents.

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked, referencing John Wilkes Booth assassinating President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

“I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living,” Depp said. “However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”

Depp’s comments come a week after the politically-motivated shooting of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

Very unwise and irresponsible comments from Depp.

A White House official told Fox News, “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its 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.”

Fair call – comments like those Depp made should be condemned regardless of the politics involved.

People: Johnny Depp Apologizes for Joking About Trump Assassination: ‘I Intended No Malice’

“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

This is a very poor apology.

“Intended no malice” is a poor excuse for making a comment that is inflammatory and provocative. “I was only trying to amuse” is a lame excuse – actually it isn’t an excuse at all.

“It did not come out as intended” doesn’t stack up – he talked about assassination and presidents, so it’s hard to see what he intended that was different.

What Depp should have done was give an unqualified apology, and he should also have  condemned all political violence and talk that could be seen by anyone as promotion of political violence.

13 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  June 24, 2017

    There is no way that he could not have known what he was saying or how it would be taken, or that it did not come out as intended.

    The full quote as reported here:

    “I’m not insinuating anything – by the way this will be in the press and it will be horrible – but when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

    He knew exactly what he was saying, and how it would be seen, there was intent in the comment he made. I would also suggest it is possible he had his ‘apology’ pre-written for when it hit the media and became too big to ignore.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/johnny-depp-slams-donald-trump-glastonbury-asks-last-time-actor/

  2. Oh dear Johnny, oh dear.

    What an utter idiot – so soon after Griffin got roasted for stupidity with her beheading nonesense, so soon after an attack on members of congress and the play alluding to a trump killing getting savaged as well.

    Its obvious he meant what he said – he isn’t thick, in fact has been view as quite a cerebral actor in some of his roles – Edward Scissorhands etc. So he understands words, their meanings and their impacts…

    Your side lost Johnny – move on and focus on building up a coherent strategy and find some credible candidates for your side of the debate….. note a Hillary clone isn’t a solution nor is Hillarys daughter….

    • Missy

       /  June 24, 2017

      Of course he meant what he said, and he knew how the press would present it and that it wouldn’t look good (he said so), but he still said it.

      His apology is as fake as Kathy Griffin’s tears.

    • It’s a well-heeled luvvie bandwagon and they’re all on it. It’s mass hysteria and would be quite the academic study were it not for the fact most of academia are infected with said hysteria.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 24, 2017

    Depp seems to be in the midst of a personal life meltdown. The person he is most likely to assassinate is himself.

  4. Blazer

     /  June 24, 2017

    is he still a good actor…though?

    • Brown

       /  June 24, 2017

      Don’t care. I like movies but the world won’t end if I miss ones with actors I think are vacuous. Saves me money as well.

      • Gezza

         /  June 24, 2017

        Never impressed me as an actor. Fkn weirdo.

    • I really didn’t like the Pirate movies, or the way he acted in them.

    • PDB

       /  June 24, 2017

      His more recent work is crap and stained his career much like De Niro.

  5. MaureenW

     /  June 25, 2017

    Another washed up has-been looking to regain some former glory. Poor guy – bloated, barely coherent and resorting to Trump death jokes. Looks like he’s shaping up, to ship out.