Johnny Depp under fire after talk about assassinating President Trump

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp (YouTube)

On Thursday, actor Johnny Depp sparked outrage after a talk in which he discussed the assassination of President Trump, Fox News reported.

“I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,”he said, talking about Trump.

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked, referring to the 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth.  “I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living,” Depp added. “However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”

Here’s video of his comments:

Fox News added:

Depp’s comments come a week after the politically-motivated shooting of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

In recent weeks, a production of “Julius Caesar” in New York City’s “Shakespeare in the Park” sparked controversy when the play showed the Roman dictator, seemingly depicted as Trump, being brutally stabbed to death on stage.

Sponsors later pulled out of the event due to the “graphic” nature of the show.

Comedian Kathy Griffin also sparked controversy after a photo of her holding a bloodied Donald Trump mask was released to the public.

Naturally, his comments didn’t sit too well with many.

Sounds like it…

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As are many others.

As one person noted, what was even worse was the cheers he got from the audience:

That list seems to be getting longer by the day…

The BBC added:

The star acknowledged that his comments – which may have been a reference to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth in 1865 – would prove controversial.

“By the way, this is going to be in the press and it’ll be horrible,” he said. “It’s just a question, I’m not insinuating anything.”

He is not the first US celebrity to allude to killing the president.

At a rally in Washington DC, Madonna said she thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House” and the US rapper Snoop Dogg shot a toy gun at a Donald Trump character in a music video.

The BBC said the Secret Service is aware of Depp’s comments.

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