Johnny Depp speculates about an actor assassinating the president


div> Johnny Depp is facing mounting backlash online after he joked about Donald Trump and presidential assassination at the Glastonbury Festival Thursday night.

He appeared at Glastonbury and spoke to the audience before the screening of his 2004 film, The Libertine. He suggested bringing Trump to the festival, which drew boos from the crowd. Depp, a vocal Trump critic prior to the 2016 election, replied that he believes that Trump needs help.

The video, which was posted to NMEs YouTube channel, featured numerous clips of Depp speaking spliced together. The next clip shows Depp prefacing what hes about to say because hes already aware of how itll go.

This is going to be in the press and itll be horrible, but I like that youre all a part of it, he said, predicting that what he was about to say would not go over well. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?

Depps question draws a reference to John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 as he and his wife watched a play at Fords Theatre. The audience appeared with a mix of cheers and boos, which led Depp to add a disclaimer to his comments.

I want to clarify, Im not an actor, Depp said. I lie for a living.

Depps comments immediately drew ire from the right. Critics called for his talent agency to drop him and to boycott his movies for suggesting an actor assassinate Trump. Others asked why someone would joke about assassinating Trump after last weeks shooting of Rep. Steve Scaliseand askedwhy the media was silent despite the video going viral and getting news coverage soon after it spread. They also brought up the allegations that Depp abused his ex-wife, which had recently resurfaced in the midst of a lawsuit between Depp and his former management group.

Some compared Depps comments to Kathy Griffins photoshoot that depicted her holding Trumps head, which resulted in CNN firing her<span style=”font-weight:;” 400;”>.

Update 3:19pm CT, June 23: The White House released a statement condemning Depps assassination comments and called for others to speak out against them.

President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead, the statement read. I hope that some of Mr. Depps colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official.

The Secret Service told the Washington Postthat it is aware of the comment in question.

Less than a day after making the comments, Depp has apologizedand called it a bad joke in poor taste.

I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump, Depp said in a statement to People. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.

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