You’d think an adult man would know that it’s never a good idea to threaten the President of the United States.
And Johnny Depp anticipated that his comment about Donald Trump would make him look really bad before he said it in front of the crowd at UK’s Glastonbury Festival. But that didn’t stop him.
“This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible…” he said on Thursday, June 22. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?”
The 54-year-old added, “I want to clarify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.”
The conversation about Trump started when Johnny asked the audience, “Can we bring Trump here?” After the remark was met with loud boos, the Pirates of the Caribbean star stated, “I think he needs help.”
Secret Service staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN that his team is aware of the Oscar nominee’s comments, saying, “For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities.”
According to the United States Code, “Making any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States” is considered a Class E felony.
Johnny isn’t the only celebrity to make jokes about killing the president in recent weeks. Comedienne Kathy Griffin received major backlash last month when she posed with a decapitated Trump head that was covered in blood.
“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong,” she wrote on Twitter, along with a video message expressing her regret. “I’m a comic. I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.” She later lost her New Year’s Eve gig with CNN over the incident.
Regardless of your political views, it’s never okay to joke about taking someone’s life.