White House officials call on Hollywood to turn on Johnny Depp for assassination joke

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U.S. leader Donald Trump’s aides are calling for Hollywood stars to rise up and attack Johnny Depp for joking about assassinating the President at a British festival.

The actor stirred up controversy on Thursday night (22Jun17) at Glastonbury in England, while he was introducing a screening of his 2004 movie The Libertine.

He said, “Can we bring Trump here (to Glastonbury)? I think (Donald) Trump needs help. There are a lot of dark places he could go.”

Knowing his comments would land him in trouble, Depp added, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” before joking, “I’m not an actor. I lie for a living (but) it’s been a while. Maybe it’s about time.”

On Friday (23Jun17) a White House spokesperson called on Hollywood to target the Pirates of the Caribbean star for his remarks.

A statement from the White House reads: “I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric.”

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