Actor Johnny Depp found himself having to apologize Friday after sparking a backlash of criticism following remarks he made about assassinating President Trump.
According to US Weekly, the 54-year-old star of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series and many other hit movies over the past few decades was speaking to a performing arts festival crowd in the UK on Thursday when he said, “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. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
He was making an obvious reference to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth. Depp later apologized, insisting he was just making a joke.
“It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone,” he explained.
But for many, his apology seemed half-hearted and late.
Evangelist Franklin Graham even weighed in, writing on Twitter, “Johnny Depp is one dark soul. To even suggest the possibility of assassinating the president is absolutely wrong.”
On Facebook Graham added, “Shame on him. But Jesus Christ died on the Cross for all dark souls — even mine. My prayer is that Johnny Depp will one day come to know the Savior who died so that he could be saved from his sins. Jesus Christ alone can change the human heart and bring us from darkness to light. Jesus said, ‘Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (John 8:12). Join me in praying for the protection of President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and those serving our nation.”
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