Johnny Depp has tendered an apology for his comment at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK where he made the “assassination” remark in jest, but as it turned out, the wisecrack came back to bite him in the ass.
“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said exclusively to People magazine. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s 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,” said a White House official in a statement on Friday.
And this is what the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press briefing Friday, in regards to Depp’s unwarranted comment:
“The President’s made it clear that we should denounce violence in all its forms, and I think if we’re going to hold to that standard and we should all agree that standard should be universally called out.”
Before introducing his 2004 film, “The Libertine,” at the Glastonbury Festival on Thursday this is what Johnny Depp had said:
“Can we bring Trump here?”
The crowd responds with boos and a collective “No.”
“I think he needs help” – the comment draws laughter from the crowd.
“This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible,” he says – and after a brief pause – “But I like that you’re all a part of it.”
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?” he asks. Perhaps, it was a reference to President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 at the hands of actor John Wilkes Booth.
“I want to clarify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been a while, and maybe it’s time.”
The Secret Service in a statement to ABC News said: “We actively monitor open source reporting, including social media networks, and we evaluate potential threats. For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities.”
GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel also condemned Depp’s irresponsible statement in a Friday tweet:
— Ronna RomneyMcDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 23, 2017
Here’s another tweet from an unofficial account for Tennessee Republicans addressing the Secret Service:
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) June 23, 2017
Had it not been for the bad timing of his comments, Depp, probably, may not have attracted the kind of outrage and condemnation that he did.
Last month, comedian Kathy Griffin was in the news for a somewhat similar indiscretion after she posed for a photo holding a dummy severed head, bloodied and grotesque, resembling that of President Trump.
Another controversial remark by Madonna in a speech at the Women’s March on Washington in January this year had raised many an eyebrow when she said she’d “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
The rebuke from the President was swift and stern in both cases.