People are outraged after Johnny Depp made a joke about assassinating Trump at the Glastonbury arts festival in England last week. Didn’t he learn anything from the whole Kathy Griffin debacle? Hey celebrities! You are supposed to keep your thoughts about murdering our president to yourself.
If you have been on Twitter lately you may have seen the hashtag #FireDepp. Thousands of people have tweeted demanding that Disney fire Johnny Depp for his comments. The backlash on social media has been overwhelming.
"President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead," the White House said in a statement. "I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official."
Disney has had a lot of pressure coming there way because of the tweets demanding that they fire Depp. Many have even pointed out that Disney fired the YouTuber PewDiePie after he made a series of offensive anti-Semitic jokes.
So, should Depp lose his relationship with Disney too? This is not the first time that the internet demanded that he be fired by Disney. When he was accused of physically assaulting his former wife, Amber Heard, the internet also turned against him. After seeing images online of her battered face and hearing the details of the abuse, his fans demanded they give him the boot.
Kathy Griffin was fired by CNN after her controversy. She also lost several other jobs and sponsorships. Madonna was also criticized for saying that she thought "an awful lot about blowing up the White House” when speaking at a rally.
Or what about when Snoop Dogg posted a video of him shooting a Trump-like clown? Or when Robert De Niro said he'd "like to punch" Trump "in the face"? Or how about when Carly Simon used the song "You're So Vain" as an anti-Trump anthem.
Depp’s comments came just eight days after a gunman opened fire on members of Congress at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where they were practicing for a charity baseball game. Either way, no matter what your political beliefs are violence is not the answer and neither is joking about violence.
Trump has also been criticized for making comments that "have appeared to advocate violence against others." In the end, neither side is innocent in this case. What we need to learn is that two wrongs do not make a right. So, Disney. What is your next move?