As Kathy Griffin learned the hard way, it’s one thing to joke about an unpopular president, it’s another entirely to imply that president should be assassinated.
Griffin was publicly excoriated by those on both sides of the political divide when she shared a photo of herself holding the severed, bloody fake head of Donald Trump, and the next celebrity to wade into those same waters is now Johnny Depp.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star was onstage at Britain’s famed Glastonbury music festival on Thursday to introduce a showing of his latest film, “The Libertine”, and addressed the crowd with a few pithy remarks (which can be seen in the video above).
His comments eventually circled around to President Donald Trump. “I think he needs help,” declared Depp of Trump before asking the crowd: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
He added: “I want to clarify, I’m not an actor. I lie for a living,”
While Depp’s quip — clearly referencing actor John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of Abraham Lincoln — was met with cheers from the crowd, the same cannot be said of social media, where he was immediately trashed (especially since his ill-timed joke came days after a deranged gunman opened fire on several Republican politicians in D.C.).
While Trump himself hasn’t weighed in on Depp’s remarks — yet — the White House has released an official statement describing Depp’s comments as “sad,” as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,” reads the statement. “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.”
Following a tsunami of backlash on social media, on Friday Depp issued an apology to People, admitting his “bad joke” was “in poor taste.”
“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” said Depp in his statement. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., issued his own jab, tweeting out a link to an old Daily Mail article, mentioning Depp’s alleged abuse of his then-wife, Amber Heard.
Here’s a sampling of some of the other Depp-bashing that’s been going on throughout the Twitterverse: