Johnny Depp Suggests Trump Should Be Assassinated: Details, Tweets & Reactions

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Johnny Depp Suggests Trump Should Be Assassinated: Details, Best Tweets & Reactions

Oh, Johnny ...

What is a controversial movie star of questionable status as an alleged perpetrator of domestic violence supposed to do these days in order to make a truly memorable splash when introducing one's own 13-year-old film at the Glastonbury arts festival, adorably set in a groovy little drive-in movie theater?

It's a dilemma, right?

Johnny Depp's answer, it appears, is to make a not-at-really veiled suggestion that perhaps now is the time for someone — perhaps an actor — to assassinate the President of the United States of America.

The details of Depp's exact statement, for the record, are as follows:

"When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? And I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been awhile, and maybe it’s time."

Perhaps Depp figured a snazzy little "joke" at Donald Trump's expense would win him favor in the current political climate.

Or, perhaps, he hoped to quickly upstage some potentially damning news about himself.

Depp continued playing up to the art house crowd about to watch his The Libertine, a film made in 2004, "in which he played the womanizing poet John Wilmot," adding to his joke: 

"By the way, this is going to be in the press and it’ll be horrible ...”

Interestingly, just hours prior to Depp's June 22nd assassination "joke," new evidence that of his alleged abuse of ex-wife Amber Heard began to surface.

"New docs show Johnny Depp's management KNEW about Amber Heard abuse!"

Coincidence? Smokescreen? Stupidity all around? We can't say for sure.

The White House came forward with a statement today given to ABC News today condemning Depp's remarks:

"President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead ... 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 then offered an apology in response, which he gave via a statement to People Magazine.

“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. ... It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

IMHO, the entire incident reeks of PR strategy, but that's probably none of my business ...

And as is the case these days, the people of Twitter had plenty to say about the whole debacle.

Here are the 10 best Tweets and reactions to Johnny Depp's latest stunt, regardless of whatever it was he was thinking:

1. That's gotta hurt.

"I would call for a boycott of Johnny Depp's movies, but it appears people have been avoiding them for the last 20 years anyway."

2. Kind of makes sense, no?

"It appears that Johnny Depp may have threatened the @POTUS. If so, Secret Service should appear on his doorsteps. He should be arrested!"

3. What he said.

"Kathy Griffin photo: Threat to American democracy.
Johnny Depp joke: Ditto.
Actual election hacking by Russia: Nah."

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4. Ouch. (I kind of like that table ...)

"the real crime is that Johnny Depp is 54 years old and dresses like a remainders table from Hot Topic"

5. I have a feeling they will both be just fine, but still.

"Kathy Griffin: I ruined my career, no one can ever screw up as badly as I did.
Johnny Depp: Hold my wine"

6. Now THAT would have been exciting!

"If Johnny Depp hadn't immediately said he didn't mean it & told supporters to kill HRC & BHO he could've been invited to the WH w/Kid Rock."

7. Is he live — or is he Memorex?

"Johnny Depp looks increasingly like some creepy guy who's inadvisably cosplaying Johnny Depp"

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8. Never say never, though.

"Johnny Depp assassinating Trump is about as likely as Depp sobering up and becoming vaguely relevant again. Not very."

9. Of course, not everyone disagrees with Mr. Depp ...

"*During Obama's Term*
Anyone: I wanna kill the president
Me: You need to be arrested!
Johnny Depp: I wanna kill the president

10. Mind.Blown.