[Update Below] Johnny Depp, who has had more than his fair share of unfavorable press lately, added another notch to his bad boy belt this week. At the Glastonbury Festival in England on Thursday, Johnny Depp took the stage and asked the audience, "Can you bring Trump here?" After saying Trump "needs help," he continued: "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" He then seemed to walk it back slightly by saying, "I want to clarify: I'm not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it's been awhile, and maybe it's time."
The NY Times has another angle of the speech here. "I think he needs help. By the way, this is going to be in the press and it'll be horrible," he said during the speech. "But I like that you're all a part of it." According to the Times, he reportedly added, "It's just a question; I'm not insinuating anything."
For those who completely skipped American history in order to smoke weed and watch 21 Jump Street reruns, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. in 1865 by actor John Wilkes Booth, as Lincoln attended a performance of the play Our American Cousin. John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan in 1981, was an aspiring songwriter and Jodie Foster fanatic.
According to CNN, the Secret Service have been made aware of the comments: "For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities," they said in a statement. The backlash to his comments has been swift on social media and from various news organization; Fox News ran the headline, "Johnny Depp talks about assassinating Trump."
Disgusting! Johnny Depp talks about assassinating President Trump, referencing Abraham Lincoln's assassination by an actor pic.twitter.com/wfASurcd9q
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 23, 2017
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) June 23, 2017
Depp's comment comes a week after the politically-motivated shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise during a Republicans' early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game. It also comes on the heels of a controversy over the Public Theater's production of Julius Caesar in Central Park, which turned Caesar into a Trump-like figure. Several protesters were arrested for disrupting recent performances.
This is also far from the first celebrity to joke about or allude to the president's assassination; Kathy Griffin got in trouble for holding a prop of Trump's bloody and severed head, losing her job as co-host of CNN's New Year’s Eve program. Earlier this year at the Women’s March on Washington, Madonna said that she'd "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House."
Of course, celebrities saying controversial and violent things about the president is a long-standing tradition on both sides of the aisle, as with Ted Nugent's many previous calls to kill Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Update: Depp has now apologized for this comments at Glastonbury: "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone."