UPDATE: Johnny Depp has responded to the backlash, telling People magazine in a statement, "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.”
Johnny Depp sparked controversy in an appearance Thursday night at the Glastonbury Festival in England.
Before introducing his 2004 movie “The Libertine” at a drive-in theater, Depp made a joke about assassinating President Trump, telling the crowd, "I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go.” Watch!
Depp referenced the assassination of President Lincoln, who was killed by actor John Wilkes Booth, saying, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”
The White House responded to Depp’s comments in a statement to "Extra" on Friday morning, "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 Secret Service added in a separate statement, "We actively monitor open source reporting, including social media networks, and we evaluate potential threats. For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities."
“Extra” sat down with The Hollywood Reporter’s Rebecca Sun to talk about the controversy surrounding Johnny Depp’s joke and whether it could hurt his career. Watch.
Comedian Kathy Griffin was recently criticized for holding a bloodied fake head of President Trump for a photo shoot. She released a public apology, saying that she “went too far.”