Johnny Depp, arguably one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood, shared his opinion of what a Trump presidency means to the United States, and it is horrifying. Not only in its direct, macabre indictment of a system which fostered the Authoritarian asshat’s sling-shot to political viability but in its deeper simple, historically accurate meaning.
In a statement made during London’s red-carpet premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass Depp said:
If Donald Trump is elected president of the United States in a kind of historical way, it’s exciting because we will see the actual last president of the United States, it just won’t work after that.
The party that screams TYRANT when President Obama stopped insurance companies from denying coverage to those with “pre-existing conditions” because people hurt profits, is about to run a candidate who actually doesn’t mind the title “authoritarian.” Yes, literally the opposite of democratic; a word synonymous with dictatorial, oppressive, tyrannical, and he is cool with that.
The Republicans have dragged this country down, breeding and encouraging racism, distrust, supremacy, and destroying education. Donald Trump jumped right in and exploited that frightened, ignorant, angry voter base. Our Conservative Congress is fit to legislate genitals, enforce archaic religious dogma, and block progress — not stop a real tyrant.
Very few of them are even trying to stop Trump anymore: falling in line to support Donald Trump. Trump, a man whom they KNOW is bad for the country (they said so) because they are perfectly comfortable putting Party over country. It makes sense, though. The party has made them rich and given them power, and the country is simply the means to that end.
Depp’s attitude toward America appears to closely mirror that held by many millennials and disenfranchised Americans who feel the country is broken, even though he is notoriously tight-lipped about his politics. Like many, his comments show he loves his country, but feels it is young, broken, and probably overly aggressive when it should be concerned with growing up.
He has made comments in the past which indicate that he saw the country as “broken,” and dumb, “something like a dumb puppy that has big teeth—that can bite and hurt you, aggressive,” in the early 2000’s — a statement to Stern magazine, also covered by CNN, that was twisted by the same rampant nationalism which attempted to level the Dixie Chicks opposition of Bush.
He later clarified his statements:
I essentially said the United States is a very young country compared with Europe. We’re still growing. That’s it. I wouldn’t say anything anti-American. I’m an American, and I love my country.
He is also NO Trump fan. As pictured below, he brilliantly mocked Five-Deferment Donny Boy’s book “The Art of the Deal,” a hilarious mock-biopic that everyone should see.
However, it is rumored that Depp is planning to move to Manchester, UK. Hmmm, possible exit strategy?
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