If there were any real consequences, would Hollywood celebrities continue to advocate violence against the president and other elected officials?

While Kathy Griffin has endured at least temporary damage to her stand-up comedy career, it’s easy to wonder whether the same will be true of Johnny Depp. In his case, it may instead succeed in shifting headlines away from new revelations about physical abuse during his relationship with Amber Heard.

At the Glastonbury music festival in England yesterday, the film star asked, “when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Suggesting his comments were calculated in advance, he added, “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.”

As predicted, his tirade is dominating today’s news cycle and taking over social media.

From ABC News:

And NME, a UK music publication:

If Depp thought this would harm his career prospects, he wouldn’t have said it. That he will likely instead be celebrated as a hero by some is all we need to know about the bubble that exists inside the entertainment industry and elsewhere.

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