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Johnny Depp has decided he doesn’t like the United States. He has the right to say that, as a U.S. citizen from anywhere within this country, but he decided to snipe at his former home while hiding and cowering in the south of France, a country that is historically known for hiding, cowering and waving white flags. Kind of ironic really. Maybe he is right though. Do you think this commentary will affect his box office totals for his next movie? Probably not, so maybe we are dumb.

At least he did the right thing and left the country. I hope this ingrate doesn’t come back. I don’t think the U.S. is always right or infallible, but I am willing to “Stand beside her, and guide her” if you know what I mean.

(From CNN.COM)
Hollywood star Johnny Depp said on Wednesday the United States was a stupid, aggressive puppy and he would not live there until the political climate changed.

The 40-year-old actor, who stars in the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” told the German news magazine Stern he was happier staying in the south of France with his wife, the French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, and their two children.

“America is dumb, it’s like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive,” he said.

“My daughter is four, my boy is one. I’d like them to see America as a toy, a broken toy. Investigate it a little, check it out, get this feeling and then get out,” said the star of the off-beat films “Edward Scissorhands” and “Dead Man.”

Depp slammed George W. Bush’s administration for its criticism of French opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

“I was ecstatic they re-named ‘French Fries’ as ‘Freedom Fries’. Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots,” he told Stern.

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  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    He’s right about at least two things: Renaming “french fries” was stupid, and Edward Scissorhands was a great movie.

  • cjones

    Where is your confederate flag?

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    I don’t get it. Maybe I am dense, but what does the confederate flag have to do with this?

  • cjones

    I was making a subtle reference to the Toby Keith – Natalie Maines controversy. Most of the people who even cared that Natalie Maines dogged Bush were southerners proud of their heritage. Most of the people who even registered that Natalie Maines used her common sense and disassociated herself from that nut in office while in Europe were the confederate flag waivers. So no you arent dense. I was being purposely vague to amuse myself.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    No problem. Given the climate of this site recently, I didn’t want to be associated with the Confederate Flag if you know what I mean.

  • http://www.planetfour.blogspot.com mars sanford

    Hilarious comment, Craig.

    By the way, what’s Depp hiding and cowering from in France? Box office money? Paparazzi and autograph hounds?

    Maybe I’m dense, but what does his current geographic location have to do with his courage?

  • http://www.planetfour.blogspot.com mars sanford

    D’oh! I’m reading the comments on your site right now, Craig, no need to repeat yourself here… I’ll take it over there if necessary ;)

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    No problem… I will be happy to converse on both sites. It is always fun when you post something and all your friends who read your site disagree/attack you for it. I love a debate.

  • http://www.well.com/~srhodes Steve Rhodes

    Your post is a bit contradictory. He should criticize the US from France, but it is good he has left for France?

    And what do you think of John Malkovich who is critical of the US from the right and lives in France?

    Look, people can be critical of the US whether they are living here or not.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    They can be critical from wherever, but wouldn’t it be more constructive and American to criticize right here in this country where we are all afforded the freedoms to try and change things? Arnold wasn’t even born here and while he might be a political travesty in the making, he is trying to make a difference with his opinion. He isn’t sitting in his tower lobbing rocks.

  • http://www.well.com/~srhodes Steve Rhodes

    But I thought it was good that Depp was in France.

    And isn’t he just an example of the american dream? He is incredibly rich and lives where he wants to. He still can be critical of the US.

    Would you really want Depp back here running for governor?

  • http://gratefuldread.net/fando/ Natalie Davis

    I don’t see that Johnny Depp is hiding or cowering at all. Where in the hell do you come up with that?

    Personally, I am envious of Depp. Until finances allow, I have to criticize the US while here.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    I can’t believe all you people would allow a disagreement to get you to leave this country. Does this war no matter how you feel about it, define this country and everything that it is about enough for you to look for greener pastures elsewhere? I will take my chances trying to make changes here thanks.

  • mike

    Didn’t Depp leave the country years ago, for reasons unrelated to his politics? I myself would love to be exiled to the south of France to live in a mansion with a supermodel girlfriend. I frankly think I deserve such a wretched fate after stabbing my country in the back during wartime. Shame on me.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    I don’t mind someone criticizing our country or our government, it’s the particular nature of the attacks that annoy me. Perhaps I lack proper perspective, but it comes across to me more like he’s making a cheap show of his supposed superior sophistication and morality rather than making any real attempt at a useful contribution to public debate. This was basically the same thing as with the Dixie Chicks, though he chose a better time to unzip himself.

    Even, say, Janeane Garofalo doesn’t come out saying “America is stupid.” She actually shows up ready to make particular policy criticisms and defend her positions.

    On the other hand, the freedom fries thing WAS about as dumb as he lets on. I have to give him that point.

  • http://www.well.com/~srhodes Steve Rhodes

    He may have spent half an hour giving a detailed policy critique and only those lines got into the interview (or Der Spiegel did include it, but the wire story picked up on his more colorful statements).

    But as I said about JK Rowling, the $300 million Pirates is bringing in (plus the sequels) will do more for the economy than Bush’s tax cuts.

    And the ads for Once Upon a Time in Mexico are now focusing on Depp.

    Plus he is supposed to be a nice guy. A woman I went to school with grew up with him.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    That it could have been a partial statement is fair, but he knew that this would get picked up. He has been in the Hollywood media machine for a long time.

  • http://gratefuldread.net/fando/ Natalie Davis

    So? Big deal. I don’t see where being born on a particular land mass forces one to have particular feelings, good or bad, about it. This whole enforced loyalty crap makes me want to retch.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    there is no enforced loyalty, but I am allowed to be critical as all hell if I choose. I was talking to some people on my site and there are people who have spoken out that didn’t piss me off. Janeane Garafolo for example spoke to different policies and things without grouping the entire country together and calling it stupid.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Again, you proudly display your ingratitude to your homeland, Natalie. No one proposes “enforcing” any loyalty on Mr. Depp. They should not need to. By rights, he should eagerly wish to show a little respect to the country that gave him birth and sustenance, and made him a rich celebrity.

    His words here represent NOT the thoughts of a critical mind analyzing public policy, but the mundane insolence of an impudent child anxious to thumb his nose at Mommy and Daddy.

  • Eric Olsen

    Isn’t that his appeal? That of a perpetual man-child? At least this doesn’t clash with his persona.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    His appeal used to be good movies. Does anyone remember What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, or Benny and Joon? Right, those were good movies.

    Ok, now does anyone remember From Hell?

    Admittedly, I haven’t seen Pirates of the Carribean.

  • The Theory

    Edward Scissorhands… that was a good movie. The thing I like about Depp is that he choses interesting, historical (by historical I do *not* mean true, obviously, I mean time period) rolls. Now he’s slated for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…

  • Ryan

    As a celbrity in general, and a perpetual man-child in particular, Depp has the right to make provovative and vuage statments. One might hope that the president of the United States would provide more rational justification in his opinions. Lets compare:

    Dep: “America is an agressive puppy.”
    Bush: “The only thing I know for certain is that they are bad people.”
    (On the British detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay)

    As we know, this is not a unique example of Bush offering an extreme and moralistic judgement about something that has yet to be verified. He kind of sounds like… well, Id have to say he sounds like an agresive puppy. Depp’s statments do not seem to be acompanied by allot of justification, but he clearly rises above the bar set for credibility in this country.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Backpedaling or clarification? I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, so I’ll say “clarification.”

  • http://www.shortstrangetrip.org Joe

    “Johnny Depp, he make-a me cry!”

  • mATT

    I think we need to realize that Depp is a movie star, not a political comentator. The only reason his opinion has any validity is because we give it such an incredible level of attention. The main point i’m trying to make here is….who cares?

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    admit it al, you’re cutting Janeane Garafolo slack ’cause you think she’s hot.

    ;-)

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Well, *I* think she’s hot, but I seem to be in the minority.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    that makes at least two of us

  • Josh Webb

    I support Depp and his right to make those comments, and factually they aren’t that far off base. Funny when people like Clooney and Depp speak up about the direction herr Bush has taken this country the rallying cry is “America love it or leave ut” well he has, so shut up. What you think in France he suddenly has less rights than he does here? Give me a break. It’s been awhile since their gov’t has been overthrown.

  • http://www.well.com/~srhodes Steve Rhodes

    As I suggested earlier, Depp says he was taken out of context:

    “I am an American. I love my country and have great hopes for it,” Depp said in a statement released by his Los Angeles-based publicist. “It is for this reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefited greatly from the freedom that exists in my country and for this I am eternally grateful.”

    …Explaining his comments a day later, Depp he had been using a metaphor that was taken “radically out of context,” adding, “There was no anti-American sentiment.”

    “What I was saying was that, compared to Europe, America is a very young country and we are still growing as a nation,” he said. “My deepest apologies to those who were offended, affected, or hurt by this insanely twisted deformation of my words and intent.”

    His spokeswoman added that the Kentucky-born Depp, 40, lives in the south of France with his family because his wife, actress-singer Vanessa Paradis, is French.

  • anonymous

    First of all, just because depp made money here and was born here does not mean that he automatically should go along with every plan for every country Dubya wants to invade next. If you don’t want him to get money here, well don’t pay him. I’m sure he won’t miss you too much. As for me, i have enjoyed many of Depp’s diverse roles and will continue to do so.

    Also, I wonder why speaking against our current policies is so unpatriotic. I think it is our duty as Americans to speak out against the Dubya!

    Thirdly, I would like to comment on the number of people who have expressed that actors/actresses should just “shut up and entertain me”. Well, when Britney Spears said that we should just go along with our president no matter what and have faith in him, nobody jumped on her back, even though this is a FAR more DANGEROUS attitude. No, it seems that celebrities are only stupid and uneducated when there opinions go against our current foreign policy.

    To end my rant, I would like to say that Depp’s “backpedaling” was not actually backpedaling, but rather a clarification that he is against our foreign policy, not our country as a whole! So get off your uninformed ultra-patriotic love-it-or-leave-it rant, and cut the man some slack for God’s sake!

  • Bec

    Hi
    I’m an Australian, and it’s important that you realise that I’m not speaking for all Australian’s when i say this because in case you’ve failed to notice once again Australia is right behind the US with almost all of their pursuits… but … there is a lot about the US that most people from everywhere else in the world don’t like and wish to comment on or complain about. There is about every country and sometimes Americans seem to forget that your country isn’t the centre of the world…so if you can’t take criticism from one of your own, you’ll never get through life. The most constructive criticism for America comes from Americans. And the fact that Johnny Depp lives in France is really quite irrelevant! He has nothing to hide from, he’s a Hollywood star … they’d track him down whether he was in France… Rome …. Kurri Kurri ….There was no cowardice, I personally think it’s brave to share your opinion with the world – especially a world like ours!
    I’m a fan of Johnny Depp so obviously my view is slightly biased, and as a non-US citizen the information I have is minimal, but as a citizen of the world I have to say Depp had every right to say what he said, no matter what context he said it in. The truth is, I’ve always longed for the American dream … and a chance to have what you all have… Hollywood! Harvard University! New York City! but to be honest I wouldn’t want my kids growing up in the middle of it either!
    Depp’s movies are great and from what I’ve heard he’s a lovely person. btw Pirates of the Caribbean is the best movie in the world!
    Don’t abuse Mr Depp’s opinion as though it is incorrect. If you don’t wanna hear it turn off your TV… (and be grateful he didn’t say anything worse … )

  • Eric Olsen

    Bec, very well articulated, thanks. But one thing: America is the center of the world

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    I feel like I am rehashing, but…

    “The most constructive criticism for America comes from Americans.”

    I would change this to say that the most constructive criticism CAN come from Americans. Unfortunately in this case, there wasn’t much constructive about what Johnny Depp said. It didn’t help anything, it just through gasoline on a fire of name calling and accusations. At some point that has to end and people have to come up with ideas instead of re-identifying the problems every five minutes.

    Also, he has every right to say what he said, but you assume that I have to like it or something. He said it, he has the right to say it. I think it is crap, and I think he SHOULDN’T say it. Freedom of speech limits the powers of GOVERNMENT to enact laws against citizens’ speech. Until someone grants me lawmaking powers, his freedom of speech is safe. And claims of 1st amendment are meaningless. I wish more people understood freedom of speech before they threw it out there as a forcefield.

  • Taloran

    Criticize or praise the current government all you want. Let the world know if you feel Bush is an idiot, or if you feel he’s the best president we’ve ever had. Burn the flag in protest if you feel you must, or fly it proudly from the highest peak of your roof.
    Just don’t burn the Bill of Rights.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    I am not sure exactly what you are saying (or quoting?) Taloran, but you really should read the Bill of Rights sometime.

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    CONGRESS. CONGRESS. CONGRESS. It applies to the government making laws. If I want to say Johnny Depp should shut his mouth I can do so. If Depp works for a company and says something that offends customers, he can be fired regardless of the first amendment.

    Major League Baseball fined and suspended John Rocker because it was their right to do so. They didn’t violate his first amendment rights because they are INCAPABLE of affecting his first amendment rights.

  • Taloran

    Thanks for clarifying that, Craig. I was under the mistaken impression that the Bill of Rights was the first ten amendments to the Constitution, but you’ve only listed the First Amendment. I was also under the impression that the Bill of Rights spelled out what the government CAN’T do. I’m glad you corrected my mistaken impressions.

    And what I was trying to say was that without the Bill of Rights the government could shut up anyone they chose to shut up, as other governments around the world do. The particular country eludes me at the moment, but some country in Africa recently shut down the only independent newspaper in the nation for being dangerous to the security of the country. If it weren’t for the Bill of Rights, our government could do that. So don’t burn the Bill of Rights.

  • Miss Lo

    “Johnny Depp he makea me cry” – what the hell is that form? It’s driving me crazy!!

  • http://www.shortstrangetrip.org Joe
  • Miss Lo

    Thanks….it was making me insane. Now I need to get a copy of that episode…..

  • co

    He can say whatever he wants about the GOVERNMENT, but when you insult PEOPLE thats when it hurts and thats when I get upset.

    I hope he never makes another movie here. Hes one of those guys that come back when he needs something.

  • http://................. ……………….

    Johnney depp is a smart, respectable actor. America, like other countries, are supposed to promote freedom of speech, and when this man does this he gets put down and frowned upon. I think many people should wake up to themselves and quit critisising peoples oppinions, at least they have some. Oh and just because Depp wants to live in another country away from all the superficial shit in America, why should he get critised for that. Some Americans have to learn that many people don’t think thier country is perfect.

  • Jonathan

    I think as more famous people come forward and actually say what’s on their minds people will eventually stop getting up in arms about it. Some people seem to find it absolutely insane that an actor/musician/blabla has a different view then theirs, because obviously THEY are right, Right? If the actor or whoever has a different view he is obviously crazy and must be boycotted. He can say whatever he wants, he is still a good actor. Even if he wasn’t, Just because he disagrees with you is no reason to not go see his movies.
    Secondly, What is with people always reffering to France as cheese eating surrender monkeys? They havn’t always surrendered and ran away, what about Napolean? He conquered most of Europe, (you may argue that he was Italian, but his army was pretty much french.) The french resistance?

  • claire

    i think you people are a bunch of whiners. So what if johny Depp hurt your wittle feelings, it does not mean he is a bad person, i completely agree with him that the US is a stupid puppy, so what if he’s in france? nothing is wrong with france, just because they did not want to see another world war we have to hate them? why? the US is really stupid, the word of god is looked down on when there is sex and violence everywhere today for everyone to see, ok now you tell me how lovely freedom is.

  • julie

    Wazup???????
    My name is Julie. I was wondering if anyone of you knew the address of johnny depp in france. [personal contact info deleted]
    thank you so much it’s a big help.

  • Linda

    I love Johnny Depp…he is very talented and funny!…also very good-looking…truly, I think I love him so much because he reminds me of my son, whom I love with all my heart, so it’s a “Mom” thing for me…also, I work in Owensboro, KY, the town where Johnny was born, so I’m interested in him. Johnny lives in France because he’s in love…and he’s free to say what he thinks, just like all Americans…enough rambling..go Johnny go.

  • http://watisURL jennifer

    I LOVE JOHNNY DEPP SOHO MUCH REALY XXXXXXXXXXXX JENNIFER

  • http://watisURL giovanna joubert

    johnny depp is soho cool i like he’s movies verry much -xxxxxxxxxxx- giovanna

  • amira el shall

    the land means alot for us , but if our home land is against our concepts,thoughts and begane to be unfair even to its own citizens .so no need to be on her side . not only that but to stand against it if we have to .

  • amira el shall

    from arabian girl . thank u mr.depp

  • http://GLJD GLJD

    go here and vote for johnny depp…some other guy might beat him…cant let that happen now can we?

  • Nick Jones

    Eric: “America is the center of the world.”

    But the center of the world is a core of molten iron – the approximate location of Dante’ “Inferno”, a place of noxious air and foul water, where people visciously tear each other apart and gnaw on each other’s heads.
    …wait a minute…you know what, you’re right.

  • http://www.geocities.com/mondoirlando Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    i don’t like northern ireland. should i go hide, then, craig? Maybe i should make sure no-one from my homeland reads anything i ever write (probably gonna happen anyway, with or without nationalist sentiment). Maybe i should go live in China, that’d be the thing to sort me out, one of those places where folks don’t say nothin bad to anyone about where they live. Hell, maybe i could hop back to Nazi Germany. Thats bound to cure that damn old tongue of mine. Or maybe i’ll stay were i’m at, were i’ve got the right to say the folks what run this place are almost as psychopathic as the folks what live here.

  • http://www.geocities.com/mondoirlando Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    Craig, i’m sorry. That right there was uncalled for (and also fairly inpenetrable as far as any discernable point goes – the point was your an asshole, in case you missed it). It’s just that i happen to like Johnny Depp, even though my fiancee fancies him, and i’m pretty sure she’s so fond of Ed Wood not becuase of my assertion that Mr Wood was the greatest director whatever lived, but becuase it was our johnny in a dress. But i digress. I just think he should be allowed to say whatever the hell he wants from wherever the hell he wants. And i thought that was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction right there and stinks a bit of the old far-right. But what the hell does The Duke know? I’m sorry, man. you got your opinion, and its no less valid than mine, or, indeed, Mr Depps. Just that mine is right is all. ;)

  • http://www.rockdummy.com Craig Lyndall

    But, I am an asshole. Got it.

    What did you say about knee-jerk reactions?

  • http://www.geocities.com/mondoirlando Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    Re – Knee Jerk Reactions.
    Yes, my knee jerked there like back in 79 when Jungle Boogie came on the jukebox and i was all decked out in the old flares and the wig, man, on account of my hair sucked.
    I wasn’t born in 79 by the way, but if it was, my knee would have been surely jerking on that occasion. Much like here. My knee jerked jsut as much as yours. Allegedly. Anyway, man, these self-righteous folks should be more like me. ;)

  • Danyelle

    Okay, dont get me wrong, I love America, but he has a point. Why should we hate the guy for disagreeing with war and wanting to raise his children is an environment which he feels is safer? Let him have his opinions. Johnny Depp is an outstanding actor and a wonderful person. He is among very few celebrities which have remained who they are, and stayed true to themselves even through their fame and fortunes. That is what I really love about him. He doesnt care about the fame, he cares about expressing his talents. That is why he has chosen the sometimes weird roles he has chosen. Because he liked them, not because they were going to make him rich. So go ahead and hate him because he isn’t afraid to say what he really feels about America. And it WAS immature and stupid for them to rename french fries. I mean come on!

    ******I LOVE JOHNNY DEPP!!!******

  • Cyndi

    Apparently none of you has heard his quotes EXPLAINING those comments???? Sometimes you dont get the ENTIRE story, huh?

    “I am an American. I love my country and have great hopes for it,”
    “It is for this reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefited greatly from the freedom that exists in my country and for this I am eternally grateful.”

    “My deepest apologies to those who were offended, affected, or hurt by this insanely twisted deformation of my words and intent.”

    -Johnny Depp

    People drastically twisted Mr. Depps words and stretched their meaning, making him sound horribly anti-american, which he is not. He just prefers living with his wife who is french, and raising their children together there. Give the man a break for heavens sake! He is an amazing actor and person and is entitled to his opinion like any of us!!!

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    Good point Cyndi. Speaking of which, did you happen to check out the date on this post?

  • maggie

    johnny would never say that! cindy your right!!!!for the rest of you if that’s what you think tell him that!

    Johnny Depp
    500 S. sepulveda blvd.
    Suite 500
    Los Angelas, CA 90049

  • http://AOL.COM RENEE

    AS FAR AS I KNOW JOHNNY DEPP IS NOT MARRIED TO HIS GIRLFRIEND/MOTHER OF HIS CHILDREN. THAT ALONE SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT HIS CHARACTER, IE THAT HIS IS UNABLE TO COMMITT TO ANOTHER PERSON. AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO NOT COMSUME FRENCH PRODUCTS AS A RESULT OF THE WAY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT ATTACKED THE AMERICAN POSITION ON TERRORISM AND THE WARS. JOHNNY DEPP LIVES IN FRANCE AND BASHES AMERICA AND ITS GOVERNMENT, ELECTED AND DEMOCRATIC. I THINK THAT HE DID NOT EVEN HAVE TO SAY A WORD. HIS ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. HE IS UNAMERICAN. HE MAKES HIS MONEY HERE AND LIVES THERE. OUR MEN AND WOMEN ARE DYING FOR FREEDOM AND TO FREE US FROM TERRORISM. THESE ARE NOBLE CAUSES. THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS ACT AS AMERICANS AND SUPPORT THEM. JOHNNY DEPP IS A FAMOUS PERSON. SURELY HE KNOWS THAT WHAT HE HAS TO SAY WILL BE HEARD BY MANY. I WATCHED THE TWIN TOWERS FALL FROM MY FOURTH GRADE CLASSROOM AND HEARD THE CHILDREN IN MY CLASS CRY BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT AN UNCLE OR COUSIN WAS IN THEM. MY AFGHAN IN LAWS PRAYED THAT AMERICA WOULD FREE THEM FROM THE TAILIBAN. I KNOW THAT DISPITE THE FACT THAT THE MEDIA LIKES TO GIVE VOICE TO THE TERRORIST SUPPORTORS IN IRAQ AND ELSEWHERE, THE MAJORITY OF THE IRAQIS ARE GLAD WE CAME AND WANT US TO STAY TILL THEY ARE STABILIZED. I WISH THE WORLD CARED ENOUGH FOR THE PEOPLE IN AFRICA SO THAT THOSE PEOPLE WOULD NOT HAVE TO SUFFER UNDER TYRANNICAL RULERS. I HOPE WE DON’T HAVE TO GO THERE ALONE ALSO. HOW MUCH WOULD JOHNNY DEPP BE SAYING IF FRANCE HAD COME IN ON OUR SIDE? WOULD HE EVEN BE THERE/

  • GBTS

    If this is what he truly said, is it not what America is all about? I think he did say it and meant it the whole time. Even if Depp did not say it hiself , it is the truth and any American should live by it.

    “I am an American. I love my country and have great hopes for it,”
    “It is for this reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefited greatly from the freedom that exists in my country and for this I am eternally grateful.”

    Johnny Depp

    “My deepest apologies to those who were offended, affected, or hurt by this insanely twisted deformation of my words and intent.”

    -Johnny Depp

  • S.A.T

    Assalamo alykom (Peace on you) Mr.Depp:
    I’m from KSA!!
    I hate America too (actually many arabs and Muslims do !!!but this is because of it’s LEADER, on the other hand, i hate my country as well!!because our govermentors are just fellows for BUSH, however, as i believe, my country now is consedered (after Gulf war) an additional state for BUSH , but a PETROLIUM rich state ,despite of this, i will never leave my country, do u know why? because no other perfect countries in this world to live in!!!
    Also many leaders raise there voices talking about freedom, OHH come on what do they mean by freedom??? is freedom is to kill innocent people and children!!! or is it to take others countries by force…etc!!! my openion that whatever u hate your country or not it’s doesn’t matter or change anything so i will be free (but without “dom” in arabic meens BLOOD)to say what’s in my heart and mind…and no one should blame a caring father who wants a perfect environment for his children…..at the end why don’t u try to live in KSA at least no taxes?!!!!…lol

  • Jordan

    Oh my god. What is the problem with you people?? Johnny Depp has as much right to express his opinion about this country as you do to express your opinions about what he said. Where he lives at the moment doesn’t really matter now, does it? I think it was brave of him to say what he did. You Go Boy!!!!!!!

  • Fiona Black

    I think Johnny Depp is right. The country is composed as well as run by idiots. I don’t see what his courage has to do with anything he said but then again, I may be a bit off here seeing as I am barely an American citizen myself.

  • JC

    I am glad to hear Johnny speak his mind…I like his attitude and agree with him… If I, and many others I know,could afford to… we’d be South of the border manyana…till Ms America got her self back on a healthier track. 3 years 364 days to go!

  • QueenGonzo

    Renee… you don’t need to write in caps… we can read normal font… and by the way France did not “attack” America’s viewpoints as much as America attacked France for not joining their forces in the war against “Terrorism.”

  • http://home.comcast.net/~proy1/ Paul Roy

    If I was a millionaire like Depp, I’d have me a home in the south of France too – Its frigging gorgeous down there, and there are loads of beautiful woman strutting around topless on the beaches. Ahhh the memories. Maybe the Navy had its good points after all. I don’t mind Johnny boy speaking his mind about the problems with our government and foreign policy, but he comes across as a pompous ass most of the time, when he owes everything he has to this great country.

  • http://bob Bob

    How about everyone just back off him! I couldn’t agree more about his statements and I live in America! He moved to France because thats where his girlfriend and children are! It gives him a chance that when he does come back to Hollywood, he can almost enjoy it!

  • xian

    I used to be Johnny Depp’s biggest fan but since he went over there and helped open the door to this country for that child rapist Roman Polanski’s films I have had no use for him. As a supporter of this fugitive from justice who has admitted to raping a thirteen year old girl he may as well be guilty of the crime himself. And as to what he has to say about the United States, nothing he says is even remotely constructive, it’s all just trash mouthing, so no I don’t support that kind of talk from expatriots overseas. If it were up to me he would lose every American Dime he ever made since he so clearly wants to be an enemy of the American people and it’s justice system.

  • Mark the Sane and Sensible

    Roman Polanski SODOMIZED the 13 year old girl in Jack Nicholson’s home after drugging her with Quaaludes and after conning her into disrobing so he could “photograph” her for French Vogue. The whole testimony can be found on http://www.thesmokinggun.com.

    Polanski is garbage wrapped in skin and Depp is equally so for associating with this filth.

  • http://www.sharphealthdirect.com Rockey

    The views of all the fans of Depp is good.
    I am frequently talk to my country without any hesitation.I am living in independent country.I’d have me a home in the south of France too – Its frigging gorgeous down there, and there are loads of beautiful woman strutting around topless on the beaches.

  • http://jess1only.blogspot.com Jess

    I realize this is an old post, but I still feel compelled to comment. I’m American by birth, but have lived in the Netherlands for a year and a half. Frankly, Johnny Depp is right on the money. Compared to Europe, we USAers are moving backward. Religion is controlling politics, women’s rights are in jeopardy, important medical research is being stifled by ideological zealots, children are missing out on important educational issues, and our president, quite frankly, is a first-class idiot. I applaud Johnny for having the courage to say what he believes despite his celebrity position. There are many who wouldn’t dare to be so bold.

  • Meg

    Who ever started this post wanted to attract some kind of attention or have thier thoughts known to the world as did Johnny. HOw dare you critize him since you are doing the exact same thing. In my opinion he has a lot of guts to say what he did! to be quiet and sit in a corner is like not going to vote. Be Heard! We are paying the Government to listen! And another thing if you never left your back yard how would you know how to get to the store? Johnny left because he can as well as the many people of the world.
    ***** JOHNNY DEPP ROCKS!*********

  • Eric Lopez

    This guy is a friggin nipple!

  • http://www.hewasgoodinthatstephenkingflick.com Le Paul

    He could always boycott U.S. movies but I’m sure his chauffer wouldn’t work off of bragging rights.

  • http://www.bloggerradio.com DA

    Here ya go genius:

    “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

    — Republican President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt

    Seen any polls recently? Seems a rather large and growing number of Americans agree with Depp on at least the Bush part.

    I’m sure Depp is just shattered by your comments, as he laughs all the way to the bank … and I’m fairly confident his balance is a tad larger than your own. I was only planning to see his next movie once, but I think just to pick-up the slack for you not buying a ticket, I’ll buy a second one. ;-) Sheez.

    Hey, you weren’t the one from Texas who drug chains behind their pick-up truck through Camp Casey by chance?

  • CHN

    FLASHFORWARD:

    Hollywood star JOHNNY DEPP is so shocked by the riots raging through France, he’s considering abandoning his home in the country.

    The FINDING NEVERLAND heart-throb moved to Europe when life in Los Angeles became too violent.

    He has since divided time between the two continents – but he fears France will be scarred permanently by the current troubles.

    He says, “It’s insane, that setting cars on fire is the new strike.

    “I went there (to France) to live because it seemed so simple.

    “Now it’s anything but. I don’t know how they’ll recover from this.”

    18/11/2005 17:31

  • Sandie

    Depp can’t stand the rioting in France? Poor baby. I hope the sissy doesn’t come back to the United States after he trashed us. I notice he didn’t trash the muslims who are doing the rioting. He must have sense enough to know if he does he might get beheaded.

  • tommyd

    France is a beautiful country and Johhny Depp has chosen well for himself. I wouldn’t mind living in France myself. And I still criticize the US too if they did something really dumb….like attack Iraq based on lies.

  • RedTard

    Depp runs away from everything, he should fit in well in France. If it’s still too violent for him there is always Antarctica.

  • Meg

    All the people trashing Johnny Depp,
    Don’t worry your precious little hearts he is still paying taxes like everyone else in 2 countries. He has 3 houses in America and 1 in france. Suck it up and stop being so damn jelous!
    For all those Johnny Depp fans! You are doing him Justice!
    **Johnny Depp ROCKS**

  • Johnny Depp is Hott!

    To Craig:
    Just so you know, I will be visiting you soon to kidnap you, take you to my secret Johnny Depp Lair where I would make you watch every one of his movies including your favourite, Edward Scissorhands!
    See you soon!

  • Shoe_Trophy

    Sigh. There is so much wrong with so many of the things that I’ve read tonight, not only in Craig’s article but also in posting regarding said article, that I’m not quite sure where to start. Okay, first of all, Johnny was misqouted. He didn’t “trash talk” the US. He said he loves his country, but the country is still young compared to other countries, like a puppy is young. He has a right to his opinions, whether he still lives in the US or not. See Cyndi’s post for part of his explanation. Also, “Good point Cyndi. Speaking of which, did you happen to check out the date on this post?”, does that mean you’re ADMITTING that you’re wrong, Craig? Second, he did not “Run away” to France. It had nothing to do with any wars, he just happens to appreciate the country for it’s beauty and fell inlove with a woman from France. Third, just because he and Vanessa are not married does not make him a bad person. Ever heard of common law marriage? They are very much inlove and faithful to eachother. They have been for years. Fourth, about the Polanski thing, you can’t judge a person just because he worked with someone who may or may not have committed a crime. It’s a horrible crime, but who knows if it really happened? In all honesty, I don’t know many of the details surrounding it and I somehow doubt that many/any of you know all of the details and actual evidence involving it. Polanski could just have gone for a plea because he was scared, who knows? I don’t. However, it was NOT Johnny who committed the supposed crime and Johnny would definitely never do anything like that. He has often said how much he respects women. A person should not be judged for what someone they know did. It’s possible too that Johnny had not heard of the case when he agreed to film Ninth Gate. And afterall, even Geimer/Gailey said that Polanski’s talents as a director have nothing to do with what happened. She doesn’t want people to judge his work according to the case. One would assume that means potential business partners also. Which was the only relationship he and Johnny had. Lastly, I would just like to say the following.
    Craig Lyndall, you are a sad, sad little man. Do you normally write offensive articles about people without checking the facts? It seems you yourself may have a case of oral diarrhea. Speaking of which, I couldn’t help but notice “Personal attacks are not allowed. Please read our comment policy.” Hmm, interesting considering that you’re article is little more than a personal attack on Mr. Depp.
    That is all.
    Have a nice day. :)

  • http://www.madonna.com Madonna

    Madonna says JD is cool. F-you craig. Sarah J Parker also hates you.

  • x!johnnydeppisagod!x

    i love johnny depp i dnt really care wot he finks of america we all got r own opinion y cant we express it wiv out bein judged? it not like he turned round and said sum fink like umm… i love to kill all americans! i mean cum on hes an american himself so he has got the rite 2 voice his opinion on it!
    and all u so say J.D fans hu dnt like him no more or went off him a bit, u wasnt true johnny depp fans 2 begin wiv other wise u woudnt of been so judgemental!
    (omg i know it got nufin 2 do wiv johnny depp but i just watched the breakfast club wot a amazin film!bit random i know sorri :D)
    anyway… I LOVE JOHNNY DEPP
    p.s Vanessa Paradis is not his wife its his girlfriend and mother of his 2 children… der not even engaged for pete sake!
    luv from 1 of johnny depp actual true fans!!!
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • rfarley

    this is pathetic!! you americans are such narrow mind twats!! your president is useless, he completely illiterate, and when one of your own citizens is smart enough to see this and point it out you bad mouth him!! you disgust me, you redneck fucks!!

  • beckster

    My boyfriend and I were going to see pirates of carribean and now we’re boycotting Johnny Depp because he is a traitor. We are at war in the Middleast we need Americans to stay together. God Bless America!!

  • ILOVE JOHNNY

    U PEOPLE ARE SOOOOOOOOOO CRAZY IF U HATE JOHNNY DEPP HE IS THE SEXYIST MAN ALIVE

  • ILOVE JOHNNY

    I DO NOT HATE JOHNNY DEPP

  • Stirling

    I can’t think of many occasions where I have cringed more than reading what many of you perfect examples of what comes out of the US school system have written. Fuck… do we need the education president to get some moxie or what? Idiots!

    Johnny Depp is much more of a patriot than any of you asswipes… he actually loves his country enough to question what is going on. You empty-headed zombies aren’t GOOD enough to deserve having an American flag sticker stuck to your bumper stickers. Take a moment to pay attention to how the REST of the world sees us… THEN tell my your myopic view of things can possibly be defendable.

    Open a can of grow the fuck up, you complete morons.

  • Manu Chao

    JOHNNY DEP IS A PATRIOT!!!
    WE SHOULD FIGHT WITH EDUCATION NOT TERR*R!!!

  • VickiPants

    Johnny Depp is one hell of an artist! And I for one love him!

  • Nancy

    Depp may not be in love with the US, but that’s his right as an American citizen. I lob occasional shells in the direction of the US myself. As for Depp, he’s a superb actor, and more importantly, he has the courage of his convictions artistically in that he takes on roles that other, more PR-oriented actors would be afraid to or would avoid, & had produced some truly amazing, quality work in doing so. His political proclivities have nothing to do with his professional achievements, which are considerable. Discussing the two is a futile exercise in non-sequiturs, except for those morons who judge all persons by their political party affiliations, including non-political or apolitical persons.

  • anastasia

    i think you are funny ? johnny were do you live i on you live in france.

  • SUGABABE

    HELL IS ANYONE THERE

  • tanya

    he is right about it all the united states is getting to be ridiculous about everything I hate it here if i had the money i would move to France to. the government puts poison in our food stuff to intentionally make us fat. there is a cure for losing weight but the government ban it from being used for that purpuse. look into the stuff you’ll see for your self. i hate the government here and i wish it would chance so everyone could live happier healthier lives

  • http://www.southparkfunniest.blogspot.com Sherene Bowen

    I strongly support Jonny Depp. i Know americans are stupid because they dont know anything about the world they want to destroy. I mean, the public can support the war in iraq but if u ask them about Iraq’s constituency, culture,religion you’ll supprisingly realise how ignorant they are.
    I realy mean it. Goes to show that the mentality of the general americans are stupid and ignorant. top that up with the agressiveness they have and they will make it a point of their duty to destroy the rest of the world. a typical egxample to proove my point is “Americans are not stupit with subtitles” This is a video on youtube u should see. Its a disgrace. check it out and ull see my point.

  • ashley gosla

    you are really wacky!! why did you move to france instead of staying in america? that’s not cool at all. i thought you were extremely cool, but now i don’t i think you are totally GAY. later faggot

  • amber peppey

    hey, you are a really awsome actor but i think it is kinda lame that you dated wynona. then got your tatoo removed to say wino forever weird, but cool. dude you totally rock my sisters world. but i think that still think your kinda cute and so is orlando bloom your movies are so totally flipin like extremely so totally like totally really extremely like so kewl. lol u r my bf4e and do you do drugs. wait wait wait wait i mean do you seriously don’t like the wine in chicago you are so totally awsomely weird but still hottttttt.!.!.!.!.!.!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? hi

  • Bob

    So? I lived in Indiana but now I’m in France.

  • Susan

    So Jonny Depp burned the American flag, big deal right? Lets just forget about all those people who died for it, and are still dying for it today. My respect for him is gone, and so should any true Americans.

  • Cindy D

    Susan,

    It seems to be okay with you that people die for an idea that is wrong or a lie as long as the whole affair is wrapped up in a flag.

    Johnny Depp has love for those people. You have love for a symbol, as if anything it represents is magically righteous, even the wasted deaths of the people you claim to be supporting.

  • Mois

    “France, a country that is historically known for hiding, cowering and waving white flags.”

    This really is the most offensively, ignorant,inaccurate, pile of shit statement I have ever read anywhere.
    Just thank God your country didn’t border Germany in 1939 – see how brave you personally would have been.

    As far as I can see Johnny Depp can say just what he wants, just coz he has chosen to move away from morons like you doesn’t veto his right to have an opinion. Maybe sometimes you have to move away to actually get a world view……I suggest you do.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    “France, a country that is historically known for hiding, cowering and waving white flags.”

    An accurate dead-on characterization of a country that has made prostitution an art form at all levels.

    Just thank God your country didn’t border Germany in 1939 – see how brave you personally would have been.

    I just thank G-d that my relatives didn’t live in France in 1939. The good “christians” there would have likely turned them in to the Gestapo. I don’t know about Depp, and frankly do not care. But having left the United States so that we could have Jewish grandchildren, I say what I wish about it.

    And as for France, the author of this article, no matter how wrong-headed he might have been otherwise, was right on the money. Others have pointed out the immense amounts of courage that Mr. Depp himself has. France was a good choice for him. What other country is as cowardly that is not facing riots these days, so we can all get together and buy him and his family tickets to go there?

  • Mois

    It is the sweeping generalisations here that I find frightening. The point is that in one breath the writer criticises Johnny Depp (an American, with American family,and who owns property there) for expressing his views on America.
    In the next he criticies France from….America.

    Wrong headed indeed.
    We shouldn’t make sweeping statements about France, America or anywhere.
    If people start deciding who can express an opinion or not then the world is more dangerous as a result.
    The choice is whether we bother to listen or not.
    Re the above comment:- “The good “christians” there would have likely turned them in to the Gestapo.”………….I rest my case…..dangerous

    Mois – Lyon – France

  • hastings williamson

    do you think i could get johnny Depp’s phone for a project im doing

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Good luck!

  • William Melville

    Re Johnny Depp. What asshole comments most of you are making about this truth speaking actor.He is not cowering as you say – like most Americans living in France he enjoyrs the French culture – something the author of this article is clearly lacking. As for your remarks about France and the white flag – how absurd. In fact they fought like tigers in World War Two but were eventually out numbered. Are you categorising the Brits with the French because because they (the Brits) retreated at Dunkirk, or do you call it a tactical withdrawl!!

  • ForPeace

    I think Johnny is right. the USA has done a lot of harm to diffrent countries Iraq Afganistan to mention few. Besides it interferes not for the good of countries but for America’s own benefits; Not only it hurts other countries but also and worse it’s own citizens many soldiers died in useless wars mainly annouced to fill Bush’s pockets. America has done other good things of course but the harm it does is greater that it hides all the good. But one thing i’m sure of is that Americans are such a nice people: kind and hospitable, they just need to do some change to react to some of their country’s foolish decisions.