I’m old enough to remember when Johnny Depp was a widely sought after actor with a penchant for playing really offbeat but intriguing characters, commanding top dollar at the box office. What ever happened to that guy?
Well, these days he’s doing public appearances looking even stranger than some of his more memorable characters, muttering in an almost incoherent fashion and suggesting some rather questionable scenarios. His latest seems to be bringing back a literal blast from the past… having an actor assassinate the president. (Page Six)
Johnny Depp insinuated that he wanted to assassinate President Trump during an appearance at a film festival in U.K. by offering to be the next actor to kill a president.
Depp asked the crowd how long it has been since “an actor assassinated a president” while introducing a film at the Cinemageddon film festival in Glastonbury, according to The Guardian newspaper.
“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,” Depp told the crowd.
Trying to suggest that the comment was “hypothetical” (which he did later) doesn’t really alter the situation he’s now created. But we can read something else into his explanation of the explanation. Depp went on to say, “this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.” When put in that context we can combine his remarks with the fact that he was at a film festival promoting a movie which I’ve never heard of. Perhaps he thought it would grab more attention and result in better PR for his film? He might have thought that, but I’ve yet to hear anyone on the news discussing the movie… they’re just wondering when the Secret Service is going to come calling at his trailer on the set of his next film.
So should we just ignore this as yet another Hollywood idiot doing idiotic Hollywood things? Perhaps not. The dust hasn’t even settled from the most recent incident of left wing violence and, as the Free Beacon reports, a lot of GOP congressmen have either been attacked or received death threats since the shooting in Alexandria.
A total of 30 Republican members of Congress have either been attacked or revealed that they were the victim of a death threat since the beginning of May.
May 8: Wendi Wright, 35, was arrested after stalking Rep. David Kustoff (Tenn.) and trying to run him off the road. After pulling over, Wright “began to scream and strike the windows on Kustoff’s car and even reached inside the vehicle.”
May 9: Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett needed heavy security at a town hall after receiving a series of death threats in May that police “deemed to be credible and real.”
“This is how we’re going to kill your wife,” one message said. Others detailed how they would kill his children, and even his dog.
The list goes on from there, so click through and feast your eyes on the fruits of all of the Trump assassination porn that’s been flooding the media and the internet. We’ve been told for years that you “can’t separate” a climate of hate from violent acts if conservatives are supposedly doing it. Do these rules not apply to Hollywood? Apparently not.
You know, Depp could have gone with a slightly less aggressive and violent bit of imagery if he wishes the President to be taken down. He could, for example, follow in the footsteps of Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon. You don’t see him going around saying someone needs to kill Donald Trump. He just wants him to have a massive stroke and be removed from office on a gurney. See, Johnny? You could at least be as polite as Michael. Perhaps the two of you can go on tour together.