Washed up, eccentric Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, fresh off the failures of his latest marriage and Pirates of the Caribbean film, is clearly desperate to stay relevant and stay in the spotlight.
Like so many of his fellow entertainment industry figures before him, Depp decided to get some quick attention by getting on stage and trying to make a crack at President Donald Trump’s expense. Depp’s biggest problem that his joke involved a violent threat against Trump, which resulted in huge blowback for the over-the-hill actor.
Depp showed up at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England to introduce his movie The Libertine. He decided to make a timely political joke, setting it up by saying, “It is just a question – I’m not insinuating anything. 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.”
He then went for it, asking, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” He went on, “I want to qualify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”
The criticism of Depp’s thoughtless and dangerous remark was immediate. Wrote fellow thespian James Woods, “While #SteveScalise is in critical condition, you “joke” about assassination of the President of the United States?” Posted a Twitter user, “I couldn’t hear what drunken #JohnnyDepp said through his ineligible slurs. He needs help, maybe rehab, maybe a visit from the SecretService.” Added another, hitting the nail on the head, “Johnny Depp wants to assassinate Trump. He’s gone crazy. What’s wrong with all those celebrities?” Do you think Johnny Depp has lost his mind?