Johnny Depp Talks About Assassinating The President, Backlash Is Swift

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On Thursday night at Glastonbury Festival in England, actor Johnny Depp made controversial comments about assassinating President Donald Trump.

Johnny Depp just crossed the line. Thursday night at Britain's Glastonbury Festival, while introducing a screening of his new film "The Libertine," the 54-year-old actor seemed to threaten President Donald Trump. He knew before he said anything that his comments would ignite controversy, telling his fans, “This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible."

He asked the crowd, “Can you bring Trump here?” After receiving boos from the crowd, he proceeded: “You misunderstand completely. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” The crowd started cheering and clapping. “I think he needs help,” Depp continued. He then went on to say, “I want to clarify, I'm not an actor. I lie for a living [but] it's been a while. Maybe it's about time."

Unsurprisingly, once word got out about Depp’s comments, the backlash followed. The consensus was that people were not pleased by the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor's speech. At a time when the country is so polarized, his comments didn't help.

The White House issued a statement saying, "President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead." The statement went on to say, "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."

Depp’s comments, unfortunately, are not unique. Earlier this year, Madonna spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, “Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair.” After coming under high fire, the singer said that her remarks were taken out of context.

A few months ago, during a video remix of Lavender by Canadian band BadBadNotGood, Snoop Dogg included a clown parody of Trump, named Ronald Klump, who by the end of the video was shot. The portrayal was denounced by critics like Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Even Trump himself stated that the rapper deserved “jail time.” Snoop had also said that Donald Trump’s victory was only possible in “Amerikkka,” a seeming reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

The latest and arguably most shocking jab at Trump came from comedian Kathy Griffin. She took part in a photo shoot where she posed with a gory, bloodied fake head that was definitely a depiction of Trump. The public backlash came immediately. Anderson Cooper said he was “appalled,” and Griffin was fired from hosting the New Year’s show on CNN. In the end, the actress admitted that she had “crossed the line.”

As of yet, Depp's publicist has not responded to ABC News' request for comment on the actor's remarks, and Depp has not issued an apology. 

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