Johnny Depp, lead actor of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, made a very distasteful joke about assassinating the President of the United States Donald Trump, while speaking to the crowd at Glastonbury, a United Kingdom based festival for performing arts.
During the screening of his film “The Libertine,” Depp went off topic and started discussing Trump with the crowd.
“Can we bring Trump here?” he asked; the crowd felt a jolt of energy and started jeering as soon as they heard the name. Depp continued, “No, no, no; you’ve misunderstood completely.”
Talking about Trump, Depp furthered his talk, “I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,” he said to the audience.
The actor then tried defend himself as the crowd got even more hyped up. He responded, “It is just a question – I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.”
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked. Apparently referring to the John Wilkes Booth’s murder of Abraham Lincoln. “Now, I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”
While people reacted to the whole incident in a mixed fashion, most found the Hollywood star’s remarks to be extremely offensive, considering the harsh political climate in the US and the Republican baseball practice attack which left Senate Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) critically injured.