During normal times, a high-profile actor joking about assassinating the President of the United States might be seen as a little off colour. But we do not live in normal times.
American actor Johnny Depp, appearing at the UK’s Glastonbury festival where he was presenting a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine, addressed the crowd and mentioned the big orange elephant in the room.
Sounding more and more like his Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow every day, Depp brought up Donald Trump.
“It is just a question – I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it,” he said.
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked.
The answer, for those playing at home, was 1865 – when US President Abraham Lincoln was shot by actor John Wilkes Booth, who was a Confederate spy.
Depp went on to say, “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.”
Unsurprisingly, the jibe went down well with the largely anti-Trump crowd, although there are some calling for Depp to apologise.
As yet, there are no signs of an apology, although Depp might need to be wary. Comedian Kathy Griffin made a similar joke recently – albeit with a picture of Trump’s severed head – and came under serious criticism from across the interwebs.