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Rational person Johnny Depp made a joke about being the next John Wilkes Booth

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Johnny Depp doesn’t exactly have a reputation for making good decisions (not to mention the allegations that he abused ex-wife Amber Heard), but even he has to realize that his latest wacky stunt is going to become a big headache once the Fox News crowd hears about it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp took some time out of an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England tonight to talk about Donald Trump, and after noting that he thinks Trump “needs help,” he asked the cheering crowd, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” You can see a video of this below.

Depp’s faux-puzzled reaction to the crowd’s response indicates that he thought it was a pretty clever reference to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, who was an actor, but the fact that he would make a joke like this suggests that he’s not aware of the huge (and completely idiotic) controversy surrounding the production of Julius Caesar in New York that features a Trump-esque figure getting stabbed to death. At the very least, Depp should know that simply acknowledging the death of a president is completely inappropriate—at least if the president is a Republican—so it should only be matter of time before Trump supporters start sending death threats to Depp.


To his credit, though, Depp did sort of take back the joke immediately after saying it, adding, “I want to clarify, I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.”

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