Johnny Depp is the most recent Hollywood celebrity to joke about the assassination of the United States President, Donald Trump, after Kathy Griffin.
The actor was at Glastonbury Festival in England on Thursday when he asked if the audience could bring Trump.
“You misunderstand completely. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been a while, and maybe it’s time,” he said.
“By the way, this is going to be in the press and it’ll be horrible. It’s just a question; I’m not insinuating anything,” he continued.
The White House released a statement condemning the actor’s actions.
“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.”
The three-time Oscar nominee later apologized in a statement released 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,” he said.
Trump is not the only president to have been the target of celebrity fury — and even threatening comments similar to the ones Depp made on Thursday. In the run-up to the 2012 election, the rock guitarist and conservative provocateur Ted Nugent said that if Obama was re-elected, he himself would either be “dead or in jail,” a comment that earned him a visit from the Secret Service.