January 23, 2017

Johnny Depp apologizes for “rape” comments


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Johnny Depp is learning that certain words should not be used in any context because they are bound to offend.

The “Pirates of thee Caribbean” star and two-time Oscar nominee described photo shoots as “rape” in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. “Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow,” the notoriously private A-lister said. “Raped … It feels like a kind of weird — just weird.”

And while it’s easy to understand what he meant, many took the comment out of context. This morning, Depp has issued an apology.

“It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling,” he says in a statement. “I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology.”

Truthfully, I’m surprised that someone as seasoned as Depp didn’t know ahead of time that his use of the term “rape” would trigger such a response. I’m not saying the blowback is right. Depp should be able to use any term he wants, and he meant nothing by it in context. But in today’s sensitive world, celebs need to know they can’t say much of anything without taking heat.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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