Actor Johnny Depp said Tuesday before a private screening of "Black Mass" that he isn't convinced former Boston crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger was "pure evil" because he doesn't think "that exists."
"Anybody and everybody, especially the families and the victims, can say he is just an evil person. I just don't believe that exists," Depp told reporters in the Boston area.
He added, "I think that people have their humanity, I think they have their — everything they have carried since they were children, and there is a side to James Bulger that is not just that man who was in that business."
Depp's comments on Bulger, who was convicted in 2013 of playing a role in at least 11 murders, immediately resulted in backlash.
WBZ-TV personality Jon Keller tweeted that Depp made an "utter fool of himself" and that he would no longer be "subsidizing his ignorance" on the radio tomorrow.
Johnny Depp made an utter fool of himself at the "Black Mass" screening. Why I won't be subsidizing his ignorance tmrw AM on WBZ TV & radio.— Jon Keller (@Jon Keller) 1442363272.0
My colleague Christina Hager has some of Depp's atrocious comments at 11 on WBZ News.— Jon Keller (@Jon Keller) 1442363566.0
Others chimed in, blasting the actor for his remarks.
@davidwade To which I say, "Oh my god. Shut up."— John Tomase (@John Tomase) 1442357992.0
@davidwade @cbsboston This is going to infuriate the victim's families and rightly so.— Craig MacLean (@Craig MacLean) 1442358369.0
@davidwade Thinkin' he might be wanting a re-do on that one.— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@Obnoxious Boston Fan) 1442357974.0
@davidwade yeah Hitler had a ton of redeeming qualities— The Guy (@The Guy) 1442361841.0
F*ck you, Johnny Depp https://t.co/Xe7XxsuYJi— Gerry Callahan (@Gerry Callahan) 1442361291.0
Previous to his conviction in 2013, Bulger was at large for 16 years and listed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, only behind Osama Bin Laden.
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