Johnny Depp Apologizes for Donald Trump Assassination Joke

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Johnny Depp has issued an apology for a controversial comment about President Donald Trump, asking, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

“It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone,” the actor said in a statement to People on Friday.

Depp’s joke, in reference to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865, was made during an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. “I want to qualify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living,” he added at the U.K. music festival. “However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”

Shortly after news broke of Depp’s comments, the White House issued a statement strongly condemning the joke and calling on others in Hollywood to speak out.

“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,” the statement read. “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 is only the latest celebrity to find himself in hot water over violent commentary aimed at Trump. Late last month, Kathy Griffin posed for a photo shoot in which she held up a bloody prop head that resembled Trump. The comedian has also apologized, and was dropped from her co-hosting gig at CNN’s New Year’s Eve show.

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  1. Johnnie says:

    Has anyone thought of challenging Mr Depp as to what he actually meant by “It did not come out as intended”? And also what did he mean by ” and maybe it is time” – time for what?

  2. C. McLean says:

    It’s comments from actors /actresses like this that make me sick; thinking they are authorities on life, NOT! Wish they would stop spreading unrest and discord in our nation! Get into reality or stay in your realm of things that are unreal and keep your mouth shut! Time for Johnny Depp to leave the country for good! I have no more respect for him, making such a disrepectful comment to a President!

  3. Larry Mccall says:

    Donald Trump is a serial LIAR!

  4. Andrea Stimpson says:

    I am boycotting All of Johnny Depp’s films.

  5. The Narrow Path says:

    Johnny should just stick to his “Sold out to Lucifer” acting. His trying to recant is ludicrous. Enjoy your spirit cooking, Johnny. You chose your side LONG ago.

  6. Sheila says:

    I’m so sick of Hollywood liberal douchebags and their insincere, fake “apologies”. Trump won, Hillary lost. Grow up and get over it.

  7. Tim T. says:

    Unless Dope apologizes directly to Trump and ask forgiveness, then NO APOLOGY.

  8. Gonzales says:

    Assassination is not a joke especially when the target is You.

  9. John William Davies says:

    The idea that Trump has “condemned violence in all forms” is absurd. He actively encouraged violence at his campaign rallies, and has pursued policies steeped in bigotry and violence. It’s too bad that Depp went there, but let’s not fool ourselves. The president is an angry, childish bufoon.

  10. Twilliam says:

    I like Depp. I like Trump. Bad joke. Bring on Dead Men tell no tales!

  11. Leena says:

    But Trumph can make rape jokes and degrade females or national tv without any consequence. Hahaha ok. Johnny Dep made a joke get over it. Trump has said much worse.

    • Tim T. says:

      Nice try “Leena” but Trump didn’t say anything publicly, he said what all men say in locker rooms while being secretly recorded. Dope said it publicly. Time to crawl back under your rock…nice try though.

  12. Angelo says:

    The fore fathers are proven genius again. free speech is a funny thing.
    I allows morons like Depp to unmask themselves.

  13. Deborah says:

    This is Depps attempt to be relevant. I saw this with Ashley Judd when Bush was president. It didn’t work for her and it won’t work for him. Johnny is a ‘has been’ in Hollywood. The Left only want fresh and young. That is what sells!! He thought he was immune because he was SO SPECIAL! No one is that special in Hollywood!

  14. Creepy, creepy, creepy looking. What is he on?

  15. Weary says:

    Depp is little more than a sycophant and a panderer.

  16. ricklondon says:

    While I find it appalling that Johnny Depp wouldn’t know better than to make such “a dismal joke”, I also question Trump’s lack of judgement regarding the same matter.

    Twice he publicly voiced assassinations (of private citizens). 1. “I could shoot someone dead on 5th Ave and still get elected President”. 2. “I call on my 2nd Amendment friends to answer to Hillary”.

    While neither party’s call to violence is appropriate, I am quite curious why the media has not even once mentioned Trump’s call for assassination of our own citizenry. Both parties should cool it. Violence is not an option.

    • Sonya Wood says:

      I think President Trump’s comment was “she could murder someone in cold blood in the middle of 5th Avenue and nothing would happen to her.”

    • Item #1 was merely rhetorical and does not rise to the level of of inciting violence, Item #2 was a suggestion to pro-gun citizens, law abiding people, to let Clinton know that do not agree with her and cannot support her.. That’s what I understood by those remarks. I guess it all depends on the filter you perceive things through that determines what you understand. This is another way of saying that it depends where your heart is when judging what another person says.

  17. Gail Thomas says:

    Why suddenly since Trump became President have the people in this country become so much more full of hate and want to nit pic and make a major deal out of people speaking their minds or making jokes? There isn’t one president who hasn’t had things said about him or jokes made about him, maybe they had broader shoulders and ignored it. They sure didn’t act like a child and throw a tantrum over it. Having the White House issue statements for him and himself jumping on twitter putting people down and has been vulgar at times when it comes to women, which apparently is ok for the President to be doing these things according to some people. Wake up he is not GOD, he may think he is and some others may think he is, not true. He is the president that is it. I don’t care how much money he has, he is no better than any other United States Citizen. Some of the comments I have read on here are no better than what you all are throwing a fit over.

    • John M Holmes says:

      People are not full of hate. The left is, for no other reason than HRC lost. 30 of 50 states +PR voted for Trump. #govern

    • Sonya Wood says:

      Gail: He was not the President when he made the “grab” comment. He was a private citizen. It was inappropriate, to say the least. I have never seen a President so thoroughly scrutinized 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as I see now. It’s like the media is just obsessed. You are correct, he is not God, nor is he the devil. But what is happening in our country is a travesty.

      • Sammyglick says:

        Sonya Woods must be the only person who was asleep during the last eight years when Fox News and Right-Wing Media 24/7 “thoroughly scrutinized 24 hours a day, 7 days a week” President Obama.

        Trump Voters are the world’s BIGGEST SNOWFLAKES!!!!!!!

  18. orionsaint says:

    Ugliness only receives more ugliness. Class, dignity and respect gets you that in return.

    • Deborah says:

      Obama was never criticized in main stream media the way Trump has been. They (main stream media) had their nose so far up his (Obama) ass they couldn’t see anything else, of course, they didn’t want to.

  19. Angela says:

    Your inability to fully understand tolerance is why Trump was elected. Those of us who have differing opinions or beliefs from the Liberals are tired of being labeled as haters and intolerant. But we were not outspoken about the killing of our President or democrat senators.

    • orionsaint says:

      Yeah those racist pictures of Obama with big lips, watermelon and being hung that you guys posted everywhere online. We imaged them. Sure. There’s a big difference between Obama and Trump. Obama never called you guys name. I’m sure if Obama made statements against white Middle American people and said we should have Christian ban. You guys wouldn’t have been reacting the same way, right? Yeah sure, Well that’s what is happening with Trump but the opposite. Since you’re in safe white privilege land, You don’t see it or choose to ignore it or just don’t care.

    • orionsaint says:

      So your solution is to put a fouled mouth ahole who lies, insults, threatens, has long history of corruption and only speaks to 35% of the country as President? I thought you guys were the party of Christian family values? Trump’s wife has nude and lesbian images all over the internet. That’s what the bible taught you?

  20. Get a life. When did a joke become a crime?

  21. no says:

    “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms” I think the ‘second amendment people’ he incited to murder Hillary would disagree.

    • Bill Bird says:

      I think President Trump met for people who believed in the second amendment to come out and vote for him instead of Hillary, who believes in more gun control. Not to murder Hillary.

  22. Henry says:

    Yet another idiot from the world of “entertainment.” He just put the last nail in his coffin. Say hi to Kathy Griffin, if you can find her.

  23. AA says:

    USA would be a better place if the far left and the far right simply annihilated one another. The complete unwillingness to see the other side’s issues and concerns is what is drowning the country.

  24. The Truth says:

    Is the President Trump who “has condemned violence in all forms” the same guy who urged supporters at campaign rallies to “knock the crap out of” protesters and offered to pay the legal bills? It seems clear that both Depp and Trump “lie for a living.”

    • Kaboom! says:

      Hmmm…..your issue with Trump and violence doesn’t offer anything about lying. So I can surmise that only Depp is the liar, and of course our former POTUS is a liar, who said multiple times “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” That’s the truth!

  25. Monas Haregot says:

    Yes, Joney Deep’s comment may be inappropriate, but he made his point anyway and that’s good.

  26. gail kerna says:

    What a creepy idiot!

  27. lynda says:

    Depp just may get what he deserves – bankruptcy – as WE the people of common sense & dignity will no longer pay his salary to watch the claptrap movies he is in. No wonder all his women leave him; he’s an ass just like all liberals/leftists are. They just don’t know it yet.

  28. Timely Comment says:

    Typical libtard joke!!1!

    Yup, just another Hollywood actor running off his mouth to a bunch of foreigners… so out of touch with Merkans who support the Donald J. Trump and make reactionary comments in VARIETY.

    Johnny Depp is an ACTOR who wears dreadlocks, ratty costumes and eye mascara for a living, so his statements are seen in that context— he’s not a CONGRESSMAN with a suit and a tie yelling “You lie!” to President in a chamber of other politicians wearing suits and ties, is he?

    /context

    • Rzzzz says:

      Do you remember why that congressman yelled “You lie”? It was because he said illegals would not get Obamacare. Guess what? Here in California, a liberal stronghold due to the coastline leftists and demographic manipulation (illegal Immigration) the illegals ALL get obamacare if they sign up !!!

      • Timely Comment says:

        So, Republican politicians are held to a DIFFERENT standard than Hollywood actors??

        Good to confirm Trumpeteers who bleat their comments in a movie-industry rag believe this. They apparently don’t discern CONTEXT for their philosophy…

        Keep on keeping on!

  29. Darin Walker says:

    I accept Johnny’s apology. When you look at the comment, you can see that it was probably an off-the-cuff response to hearing in the news what Kathy or these stage play actors did. Remember, most Celebrities don’t follow each other like fans do, and most don’t follow all the politics going on either. They don’t watch TV like the rest of us do, so they are not as embroiled in all the social/political drama like the rest of us. So when one like Johnny overhears, or happens to see somewhere in the news some crazy thing like what Kathy or these idiot stage play actors did, he probably forms a quick amusing knee jerk response to it. I like Johnny’s work. I think he has true honor inside.

  30. Jenna says:

    The last people I’m listening to are bloated overpaid celebrities who can’t even keep their finances straight without spending ALL the money they make. I used to love Johnny Depp but, like with every big mouth know-nothing “actor,” I’ll spend less than one cent on him.

    Hey, Johnny: Get lost.

  31. Willie says:

    World leader have been hung in effigy for hundreds of years. It comes with the territory. I’d have to search it, but I’m sure President Obama had at least hundreds of such demonstrations.

  32. j wienberg says:

    That is so lame…the only action they could take was to cry violence??? This is violence on my intelligence…

  33. Flutista says:

    What a load of doodoo: “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,” Yeah, he condemns violence except when he can sell Saudi Arabians billions of dollars worth of weapons. Or incite people to attack immigrants. Horsepoo and hogwash

  34. Clay says:

    Yea, sure he meant no malice. Depp knew exactly what he was saying and meant every word of it. The Left has lost all sense of moral decency.

    • Beverly says:

      I believe he knew what he was saying. Now he’s saying he lies for a living. Thank you Mr. you made my point for me. You sir are a lier. In my experience when a lier is caught in a lie they try to cover their lie with another lie. I have lost a lot of respect for you and others like you. Jimmy Fallon is another. I have stopped watching the Tonight Show because making fun of our president is not helping our situation…I’m just tired of this,,,it has to stop..the world is watching and laughing. A HOUSE DIVIDED
      CAN NOT STAND

  35. Faye Canoes says:

    I am not a fan of Trump, but it is these type of things coming out of the mouths of celebs in public that drives the undecided voter over to the Republican side of the ballot when the Democratic choice is someone as stomach turning as Hillary.
    &
    Is Depp trying to go for some kind of record in regards to the amount of accessories a man can wear?

    • Sonya Wood says:

      Faye Canoes this is too funny!!!

    • mjweir0317 says:

      No kidding. You sure could have fooled me. You sound like a Trumpinista. At least you’ll pass for one until one wanders along. It’s okay to call for death to HRC and portray a sitting president’s wife as a gorilla but poor wittle trumpey and his tender-hearted followers are hurt when the shoe is on the other foot. Boo hoo. who cares…

      • Clay says:

        What about all the idiots on your side who have attacked the current First Lady? Melina has more class than Michelle could ever dream of having.

  36. xarias says:

    Do another pirate film jackass. Who cares what this junkie says?

  37. Romana says:

    There was no need to apologize. Did Trump ever apologize for all the bad things he said? Don’t you remember when he “joked” about killing Hillary Clinton? Also why are Trump supporters bringing up Depp’s abuse case? It was NEVER proven to be true AND police (which you so love, #bluelivesmatter right) said there was NO evidence of abuse. Can y’all stop preteding to care about women as if y’all didn’t vote for a man accused of RAPE (twice!!) and who brags about grabbing women by the pussy so shut the fuck up and stop being hypocrites. Fucking morons, you’re a JOKE.

    • Rzzzz says:

      How many times did you vote for Bill Clinton? You traitors, you liars, you propagandists have done so much damage to your credibility that I can guarantee that MY president, Donald J. Trump will be president for 8 years and Mike Pence will be president for 8 years after that. You media have no idea how much you are hated by the common man. The man who just wants to work and feed his family. Unlike you, the enemy of freedom and truth, we don’t want old perverts in dresses and wigs sharing the bathrooms with our 5 year old daughters. You are reviled. Your party lost, the party of HATE, the party of LIES, the party of DIVISION, the party of VIOLENCE. This is the party that is ok with cutting through a babies face to harvest the brain, WHILE IT STILL HAS A HEARTBEAT (Planned Parenthood video #8). This is the party of anarchists, rioters, flag burners and now, would be assassins. Your sick way of thinking, where good is evil and evil is good is falling out of favor. COMMON SENSE and LOVE OF COUNTRY is coming back in style. Get on board or get left behind. You leftist, marxist, godless, globalist, elitists will soon be relics of a shameful past where baby killing was celebrated and freedom and liberty were almost destroyed. God bless America and God bless MY president, DONALD J. TRUMP !!!!!!

    • Sara Fraser says:

      Romana: I haven’t heard anything about Trump being accused of rape, although I HAVE heard of at least one case where a woman stated that Bill Clinton raped her in a hotel room, and many others who said he forced himself upon them. He used his position as President to have a sordid affair in the Oval Office with a subordinate; his wife knew all about it, kept quiet and stayed with him. Depp’s managers have admitted that they knew that he was abusive to his ex-wife, and said that on one occasion, he kicked her. Trump is the President of the United States and there should be enough respect for his position and for the Democratic process to accept that. Too many people are going overboard in their hysterical refusal to accept the results of a fair election. You don’t have to like the man, but you have to respect his office, and to make jokes about assassination is akin to treasonous. Yes, he did have to apologize, and YOU have to grow up!

      • Deborah says:

        Yes, we live in a nation of double standards. The Left can say and do anything they want; the conservatives have to be perfect.

  38. Pamela Parish says:

    GO JOHNNY:-) :-) you just had the audacity to say what most of us are thinking in the world! LOL!!

  39. Cat Lady says:

    The cotton balls you wasted your millions on???? Shove them in your mouth.

  40. Ane says:

    Don’t give too much attention to drug fuelled Johnny Depp. He won’t even be awared if Hollywood is under attack from Russian!! Because he will be inside his compound within the four walls with few bodyguards and drug fuelled friends. No need to get angry with this man. He is a lost soul. He has been living a fantasy life of a pirate for too long. Snap out of it Johnny. We love you and want to see coherent Johnny Depp.

  41. Adey May says:

    The Damage done.

  42. A says:

    So stupid. Trump first of all hasn’t condemned violence at all. Where the hell did that come from? Now, no one can open their mouth and say anything because it offends someone. Grow up pussies! Maybe we can get back to the day where people manned up. Instead of, oh someone said something about me on a keyboard I should end my life.

  43. Hans Vonthronsohnhaus says:

    The freedom of speech is a bad joke in itself. But I also agree we need to bring back civility. I love Johnny Depp as a very talented actor, but in these times where everyone is so quick to hate, and easily offended, there is more reason to be civil to one another. And for any American to slander their country and or leaders is traitorous behavior. And if it’s that bad here, and you like everywhere else better, then you’re welcome to leave. I mean dang, we need to better things, not make them worse.

  44. Gerald says:

    Johnny has the right to say what ever he pleases. If he wants to make threats or dark jokes it is his right, even if he remains free or jailed. Now does it make this right? Of course not. Look, rather you like the president or not it’s up to us to dislike the views and policies of his leadership. I can say I believed Obama was a horrible president, but I would never wish harm on him or would want to provoke others to want him harmed. We can make Trump jokes all day, but these violent jokes could send the wrong message. Groups like Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA are clear examples of people who take things to far. Many of these actors should set the example to explain why they disagree with the president and speak out about his policies and views. I watched many videos covering the Women’s March, ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter and many more. What they all have in common is they are just shouting and can’t answer any questions or understand what they are fighting for. As some one who has protested before, these are sloppy protest and uninformed people. I really hope we can better ourselves for next year, because we really need to unite like we did September 11th 2001. God bless y’all.

  45. Maxine says:

    The actor who shot President Lincoln hated Blacks. Boothe broke his leg while escaping and confederates aided him. A man and his daughter let him sleep in a barn. Authorities were notified and set the barn on fire to smoke Boothe out and shot him. Is that what Johnny Depp had in mind? Is Mr. Depp prejudice? Does Mr. Depp hate blacks because President Trump wants more jobs for all Americans of every creed?

  46. TJ says:

    Hah, the Cheeto “president” says media is always lying and everything but he takes advantage of it to do this, everyone has their own opinions, he’s probably gonna turn into that north Korean dictator, can’t say anything bad about him or make fun of him

  47. ChasHue Won says:

    Perhaps it is time for the President to set a standard. Thus far he has taught a dangerous lesson, that talking trash, lying in general and inciting violence at rallies is the new norm for a presidential candidate and victor in election. One has to wonder why this was never a problem before Trump, it is a smell that starts from the head down. I would hope citizens would take the higher road than their President but come on—-when is enough enough from Trump.

  48. Roelandt says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they just start arresting these Hate Mongers (threatening violence against a US President is a crime, guys…nothing to do with political opinion…duh). If someone had made that joke about assassinating Obama, Liberal Americans would have grabbed pitchforks and torches, formed a mob and ran rampant in the streets demanding justice.

    In any case, Like your even sillier Partner In Hate, Kathy Griffin, welcome to the CIA’s Watch-list, Johnny.

    You didn’t really think this through, did you?

    Consequences are a bummer….

  49. jonah says:

    To all you people on the left pushing violence, remember patriots have shown great restraint with you. The things you are advocating are a two way street, we want peace. Keep fucking around and find out what happens. Btw most police and military hate you commies so stop it.

  50. Amie Iuliani says:

    You never should have a had to apologize. It was clearly a joke. Screw all of you who blew it uo when it was nothing.

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