Johnny Depp Apologizes for Joking About Assassinating Donald Trump
Updated June 23, 11:50 a.m. PT: Following the viral traction Johnny Depp's comments about assassinating President Trump have received, Depp has released an official apology for his comments.
Per People's report, Depp stated, "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." It would appear that the Pirates of the Caribbean actor is remorseful over his potentially tasteless comments and was compelled to clarify his intentions.
The actor's statement was released following reports that the White House had condemned Depp's remarks.
Oh, Johnny Depp, you should know better. After the year Depp has had with his divorce from Amber Heard and his lawsuit against his business managers, he probably should have kept his mouth during a recent public appearance; "should" being the operative word. But it appears he just couldn't help himself.
Depp was at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. on Thursday when he decided to mouth off about President Trump in front of the packed crowd. Seemingly out of the blue, he commented, "Can we bring Trump here?" as the audience booed.
They also responded with a loud "No." The crowd stayed with Depp and laughed after he said, "I think he needs help." Speaking out against President Trump didn’t seem so bad until Depp stepped over the line and went for it.
“This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible," he said. "But I like that you're all a part of it. When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?"
While the audience appeared to listen attentively to Depp through his entire rant, he did make a few things clear to those attending the festival.
Depp clarified his statements with some mystifying comment about who he is precisely. "I want to clarify. I'm not an actor,” Depp stated. “I lie for a living.” Say what?
If Depp doesn’t have enough problems plaguing his life, any threat against the president — joking or not — is investigated by the Secret Service. CNN inquired with the agency and they are definitely aware of the situation. "For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities," said Secret Service staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw. Does Depp really need a federal agency looking into his statements about President Trump while he’s trying to keep his head above water financially? Probably not.
The White House isn't too pleased with him either. ABC News White House correspondent Katherine Faulders tweeted out the administration's official statement.
He clearly knew his remarks were going to get him in hot water with the press. There are plenty of ways to criticize the president without dropping the assassination word. Hasn’t Depp heard of Twitter? He may not be in his right mind these days, so making rational decisions most likely hasn't been at the top of his list.
After all the things Depp said at Glastonbury, I wouldn't be surprised if the Secret Service came knocking at Depp's door. Oops!