Johnny Depp Issues Apology After Cracking Joke About Trump Assassination

Johnny Depp Issues Apology After Cracking Joke About Trump Assassination

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After cracking a disgusting joke about President Donald Trump this week, Johnny Depp issued an apology on Friday — much like a few of his other celebrity colleagues in recent months.

The New York Times reported that Depp — perhaps best known for his role as Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Carribean” franchise — apologized for comments he made the day before in which he joked about the assassination of the president.

“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” Depp stated through a representative.

 “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice,” he said. “I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”According to CNN, Depp was speaking at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival in England on Thursday when he launched into a discussion on Trump and waded into the deep and dark waters of tacky comedic material. To the loud cheers of the those gathered, he joked about assassinating Trump.

“I think Trump needs help,” he stated. “I’m not insinuating anything, by the way this will be in the press and it will be horrible, but when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Depp then appeared to backpedal a bit when he clarified that he was not an “actor.”

“I want to clarify,” he said. “I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.”

Depp was apparently alluding to John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

 Depp’s comments come on the heels of a cavalcade of Hollywood elites who have made similar comments alluding to the assassination of Trump.

Last month, actress Kathy Griffin drew ire from Americans from both sides of the aisle when she posed for a photo in which she was holding a mask resembling the severed head of Trump. She quickly issued an apology — backpedaling in a similar fashion to Depp, saying she “went too far.”

A recent production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” opened at New York’s Public Theater in which Caesar bore a striking resemblance to Trump. Sponsors of the show, like Delta Airlines and Bank of America, rescinded their sponsorships.

Depp, Griffin and other Hollywood elites apparently find it in fashion — and good taste — to joke about inflicting deadly violence on the President of the United States. Much to their dismay, Americans from both sides of the aisle are quickly growing weary of this caustic form of so called “free speech.” Even in Hollywood, poor taste has its price.

While Depp certainly deserves props for apologizing for his comments, he should not be allowed to escape scot free. Conservatives have lost their jobs over much more minor offensives than threatening the life of the leader of the free world. Perhaps if Depp were to lose a few acting gigs he might learn to keep his comedic humor in check.

Considering his financial troubles, he might be looking for paying work soon.

H/T The Daily Caller

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