If Hollywood at large had any scruples whatsoever, it would blacklist entertainers who threaten President Donald Trump with violence before they're all painted as unhinged Hillary Clinton sycophants.
Sadly controversy sells, and when you have entertainers plagued by scandal or dwindling ratings, taking a shot at Trump seems to be the easy way to get your name back in the headlines again.
Johnny Depp isn't the first liberal, bleeding heart celebrity to threaten a sitting U.S. president with violence.
Though Depp claims his remarks — specifically asking a crowd gathered at U.K. festival Glastonbury about the last time an actor assassinated a president — "intended no malice," his apology was lackluster at best.
"I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said in a statement. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
It's highly doubtful that comedienne Kathy Griffin thought that her remarks sincerely "amused" anyone when she gave a tearful — bordering on hysterical — press conference claiming that the backlash against her "beheaded Donald Trump" photo shoot with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields "broke" her.
Despite the poor endings that entertainers often meet after threatening Trump, many of them continue to do it, and Depp is just the latest in a long line of those abusing the privilege of free speech.
In the United States, it is still a federal crime to threaten a president, sitting or otherwise:
"Whoever knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon — a former President or a member of the immediate family of a former President; a member of the immediate family of the President, the President-elect, the Vice President, or the Vice President-elect; a major candidate for the office of President or Vice President, or a member of the immediate family of such candidate; or a person protected by the Secret Service under section 3056(a)(6); shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both."
Do we see any liberal entertainers sitting in jail for remarks that they've made? No. And frankly, what makes these "celebrities" think they have a free pass at breaking the law when the common man and woman would likely be considered a terrorist or treasonist and incarcerated immediately for making similar remarks?
During the 2017 Women's March, entertainer Madonna claimed that she was so angry over the election of Trump that she'd considered "blowing up The White House" on several occasions.
Instead of jail time, however, or an investigation by the Secret Service like your every day, garden variety citizen would be subjected to, Madonna issued a passive aggressive explanation, not unlike that from Depp.
She said, "I spoke in metaphor."
Yes, the woman who sings songs with lyrics like "Donald Trump, suck my d**k!" was speaking in "metaphor," apparently.
So what are celebrities like Johnny Depp, Kathy Griffin and Madonna up to these days?
Well, Depp has just come off of a year of allegations including domestic violence and substance abuse, many of Griffin's comedy tour stops have been cancelled and she's lost her annual hosting gig on CNN's New Year's special, and Madonna reportedly frolicking with yet another young man half her age, setting a fantastic "feminist" example for her 20-year-old daughter.
Hollywood at large cannot allow their unhinged, foul-mouthed, entitled and often trouble-plagued entertainers to continue on in this vein.
To call it "irresponsible" is putting it mildly — "extraordinarily dangerous" and "hatefully inciteful" would be far better adjectives.