Another celebrity idiot's opinion


September 3, 2003, 10:29 AM

Johnny Depp: U.S. is like a stupid puppy
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 Posted: 10:17 AM EDT (1417 GMT)

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Walt Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- 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.

Never was a Depp fan, but Pirates was a fun movie...

Let him stay there and never take another cent from dumb America!

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September 3, 2003, 10:32 AM
Don't let the door hit your arse on the way out, Johnny boy.:mad:

El Tejon
September 3, 2003, 10:38 AM
Since America is so awful, Johnny, you won't be doing any business here, correct?:rolleyes: I bet you Johnny's film contracts all specify "U.S. dollars"!

He's filthy rich; he's guilty; he's missing half his brain from drugs; he hangs out with silly people who wear the tag "Leftist" as some sort of fashion tag. He is not a serious person, he is just an actor. A trained liar.:p

Master Blaster
September 3, 2003, 10:50 AM
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.

He's right where he Belongs FRANCE

:barf: :neener:

September 3, 2003, 10:54 AM
stuck in his thumb
and pulled out a plum
and said what a good boy am I

Like most children, Depp said exactly what he thought would make the grownups happy. This is why I hate when journalists interview children and entertainers on issues of substance -- all that results is a position parrotted with the goal of pat-on-the-head approval.

Futo Inu
September 3, 2003, 11:41 AM
Yeah, but can he still vote by absentee ballot?

Carlos Cabeza
September 3, 2003, 11:59 AM
South of France ehh, how'd you get there boy !:fire:

Silver Bullet
September 3, 2003, 12:00 PM
and he would not live there until the political climate changed
Best news I've heard this morning.

September 3, 2003, 01:06 PM
Seems we have a distinct pattern here. Wealthy, public member of the glitteratti who makes his or her money by pretending to be what they are not, who live lives of privilege and indulgence, and who by and large have distain for your average working bill making and bill paying taxpayer; feel much more secure speaking against the US while in foreign countries. Not accidental mind you, it appears to be a tactic. Trouble is such tactics would work before the alternative media came about. Won't work today.

I just wish these goobers had the moral fortitude to say what they believe here in the US they live with the consequences.

Joe Demko
September 3, 2003, 01:16 PM
Depp didn't like the enivironment as he perceived it in the US. Since he had the dough, he took his family someplace he thinks is better. How is that any different from the people on this board who talk about relocating to someplace they perceive as better?
You guys bitched when Alec Baldwin wouldn't leave. Now you are bitching because Johnny Depp did leave. It seems to me that the best thing for you all to do would be to put down those copies of People and Entertainment Weekly, get on with your own lives, and stop worrying about what entertainers do or say.

September 3, 2003, 02:09 PM
He is not a serious person, he is just an actor. A trained liar. Sounds like description of most politicians.

He has every right to go wherever he wants. But his public dissing the system that helped him get there is over the top.


Silver Bullet
September 3, 2003, 02:16 PM
Now you are bitching because Johnny Depp did leave.
Not me; I'm glad he's over there.

September 3, 2003, 02:21 PM
wonder if he'd rent a room to Alec and Rosie too?

September 3, 2003, 03:08 PM
"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 does have a very good point here. That whole "Freedon Fries" thing was an embarrassment, if you ask me.

September 3, 2003, 03:28 PM
Stick to what you know and stay outa politics *********! Nobody cares what you think of American politics. JUST ACT!!!


September 3, 2003, 03:33 PM
I don't agree with Depp, but at least he has the convictions to actually move, unlike some people.....

September 3, 2003, 06:22 PM
The nice thing is that while he chose to vote with his feet, I chose with my wallet. I've not missed and not seen his latest flick.:barf:

September 3, 2003, 07:37 PM
while he chose to vote with his feet

I agree 100%, as long as he also chose to renounce his citizenship to the "Great Satan"!

September 3, 2003, 07:40 PM
Johnny Depp: U.S. is like a stupid puppy

Actually, anyone that would call a puppy "stupid" has no place here anyway!:D

September 3, 2003, 08:34 PM
just shut up and act, aXXhole.... ....TarpleyG

Right on!

Standing Wolf
September 3, 2003, 08:55 PM
I'd like them to see America as a toy, a broken toy.

Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites—and masters of the shoddy analogy.

September 4, 2003, 12:22 AM
oh dear ... there goes my junior high "21 Jump Street" crush on the guy.
One more treasured memory destroyed... :p


September 4, 2003, 02:14 AM
Gee, if he'd replaced "America is..." with "People are...", he'd have been spot on. It's been my experience that, from the hills of Backwoodistan to the teeming streets of Metropolis, the world seems to have a pretty average distribution of pikers, scam artists, shallow idiots, friendly folk, smart people, and altruistic saints wherever you go. The idea that one can move someplace where the people will magically be clear of eye and square of jaw has always struck me as kind of funny...

September 4, 2003, 07:03 AM
Bring back Hollywood blacklist

Posted: September 4, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2003

The United States is a "dumb puppy that has big teeth," according to American actor Johnny Depp.

I say we should make certain this scumbucket never works in America again.

That's right. I mean it's time to bring back the Hollywood blacklist.

In fact, I'd very much like to start compiling the blacklist right now – and I welcome your suggestions for additions. I'm sure I'm missing some real anti-American zealots.

Depp may be the latest offender, but he's such a lightweight on the intellectual scale that he hardly deserves to be first. So, let's reserve that position for Michael Moore.

Harrison Ford may not be the biggest offender in terms of statements he's made and actions he has taken, however, because of his star status, he is more than worthy of being on the list.

Then there is Martin Sheen, Mike Farrell, Sheryl Crow and the Dixie Chicks. There's Richard Gere and Sean Penn, Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover. George Looney – I mean, Clooney. Jane Fonda's been quiet lately, but throw her on to the list for past offenses. She belongs in the Hollywood Blacklist Hall of Shame.

Who am I forgetting? Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, of course. Ed Asner, even though he's a has-been.

There are many more, and I'm sure you will help jog my memory. But it's time to do something. It's time to silence these people. It's time to force them to get real jobs and perform real work and learn the unusual and undeserved blessings America has bestowed upon them.

I know. I know. You've heard the Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and 1950s was a horrible thing – a great injustice. Nonsense. It was a good thing. It was the right thing to do at the right time in history. And, as America finds itself beleaguered in the world against – literally surrounded by – enemies who seek to destroy it, we cannot allow traitors privileged status in the entertainment industry.

Some of the brightest and most well-educated people in America today don't grasp the truth of what has become romantically known in the industry as "the Hollywood blacklist era."

That truth begins with this fact: Every single member of the "Hollywood 10" had indeed been members, or past members, of the Communist Party.

They never denied it – not under oath. Instead, they refused to answer the straightforward question from the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947: "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?"

Many in Hollywood today cling to the belief that their collective refusal to answer was based on a bold, principled stand against an inquisition into artists' personal political convictions. Almost no one understands that the refusal had nothing to do with principles and everything to do with Communist Party politics and self-preservation for the Hollywood 10.

As each member of the Hollywood 10 – Ring Lardner, Adrian Scott, Edward Dmytryk, Lester Cole, Dalton Trumbo, John Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Alvah Bessie, Samuel Ornitz and Herbert Biberman – refused to answer the key question, committee investigator Louis J. Russell, a former FBI agent, was called to the stand to produce the number of that person's Communist Party registration card for the year 1944. And, yes, each and every one had been a card-carrying member of the party.

Remember, this was during Josef Stalin's bloodthirstiest days in the Kremlin.

Why not tell the truth and defend your beliefs and associations? Why didn't they avoid contempt of Congress charges and jail terms by simply admitting they were party members? What were they ashamed of? What were they hiding?

Well, as it turns out, the refusal to answer was merely a tactical ploy, a matter of political expediency. You see, unlike today, when most in Hollywood and even many average Americans don't see communism or totalitarianism as particularly threatening to our national security or way of life, the situation was much different in 1947. Americans had just fought a world war with one brand of evil totalitarianism represented by Adolph Hitler and were prepared to fight another one with the evil represented by Josef Stalin. Everyone understood the Communist Party in the United States was an active agent of Soviet policy.

So, why did the 10 refuse to talk? Listen to what Ring Lardner himself said in an interview with Film Comment magazine in 1988: "We decided it was not a good idea to deny membership in the Communist Party, although some of our colleagues had done that before the California State Un-American Activities Committee. We just felt that there were too many stool pigeons and various other ways to find out, and you could get yourself in a much worse situation for perjury; it would be very hard to organize any sympathy around that."

Notice there was no discussion of simply telling the truth. The Communist Party was a secret subversive organization. Revealing yourself was not an option. The purpose of membership was to advance the cause of international socialist revolution in America by whatever means necessary. Hollywood, because of its wealth and influence, was a prime target.

While many in Hollywood today decry the effort to root out the communists as "censorship" and the unfairness of the blacklisting that followed, they conveniently overlook the fact that the communists instituted those practices in the movie industry. The challenge to the party arose principally because anti-communist writers, actors and directors of the late 1940s were infuriated by the highly secretive clique of communists systematically discriminating against their work.

Lardner, for instance, was among those who circulated a petition at MGM to halt production on a film he didn't like for political reasons. Trumbo, for example, boasted in a bylined article in the Communist Worker that, while Hollywood produced few "provocative" or "progressive" films, agents within the industry were able to spike "reactionary" and anti-Soviet scripts.

Ronald Reagan, Adolphe Menjou, Roy Brewer, Morrie Ryskind and others charged that the communists conspired to create opportunities in the industry for their political allies and to destroy them for their enemies.

Screenwriter John C. Moffit, for instance, commended the House committee for "taking steps to end the most dangerous censorship that has ever occurred in the history of the motion-picture industry and in the history of American thought."

But the tactics of the Hollywood 10 paid off in the long run. Yes, it's true they served brief jail terms for contempt, and those with studio contracts were fired. Most, however, managed to continue writing for the silver screen under pseudonyms. And just over a decade later, the forgetful and forgiving nature of the American people had allowed them to receive screen credits again. Now they are heroes. All except for Dymtryk, who was sincere in his denunciation of communism. He served the longest prison term of the bunch even though he had left the party before the committee hearing.

Real communists may be few and far between in Hollywood today. But there's a new breed of anti-Americanism deserving of punishment. A price needs to be paid for biting the hand that feeds Hollywood so well.

I don't think people should go to jail for their anti-American views. I just think they should never work in the entertainment industry again. If they like it better somewhere else, let them make films and television shows and records in that country.

I don't expect the Hollywood studios and the multinational entertainment conglomerates to stop hiring these reprobates. So, this time, America, the blacklisting is up to you. Make your list – and stop supporting movies, TV shows, TV sponsors, record companies, etc. which hire these louts.

Personally, I'm starting with "Pirates of Caribbean."

Sean Smith
September 4, 2003, 08:05 AM
What is with famous people going all the way to Europe to bitch about the U.S.? Nothing like watching the non-courage of stupid "convictions" at work... :barf:

"America is dumb, it's like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive"

... a statement that says alot more about Depp's ability to reason and communicate than it does about America. "It is time to wake the great masses of the people to the fascist threat in America... I've got it! I'll scare them by invoking images of puppies!" Oh, no! Not scary puppies!!! :p

On the other hand, if they will voluntarily stay away from this country they hate so much (and that includes NOT WORKING HERE, you bimbos!), good for them. :D

The celebrities, not the puppies.

Kendra Pacelli
September 4, 2003, 09:36 AM
Looking at the source....

September 4, 2003, 05:44 PM
IMO, if Depp has renounced his citizenship, at least he has the character to leave the country all the way-something he might have a tough time doing in a number of countries of which he may not like.

I'm not so certain about bringing back the black list. Notice the backlash on conservative actors these days in Hollyweird, and I sure as shootin do not want to give the government the power of further intimidation-they have too much already, IMHO.

I could care less if you are a communist, athiest, democrat, republican, Nazi or anything else. Your rights stop at my space as sure as mine do at yours.
If you seek the overthrow of the BOR, or to twist it into something other than its plain meaning, go elsewhere.

September 4, 2003, 06:15 PM
What makes these zipper-headed celebrities think that their opinions matter?

I personally couldn't care less what they think about anything - and I wouldn't cross the street to see most of their movies...

BTW: ditto for most of the pundits/talking heads on the alphabet news!

September 4, 2003, 06:36 PM
Wonder if the idiot Mr. Depp is aware that the Ameican Puppy had to liberate the country of his current residence not once, but twice in the last century?

Last time France was a great power, it took a Corsican to lead them to Glory - well tempoary Glory that is.

September 4, 2003, 07:05 PM
I'm not so certain about bringing back the black list............ and I sure as shootin do not want to give the government the power of further intimidation-they have too much already,

The article is really talking about a good ole American boycott, and I'm 100% for it. I have my list of actors/directors whose movies I will no longer pay to see, will not rent (I'll watch for free- except Michael Moore- I turned down an offer to see BFC for free). These loud mouthed twits are paid attention to because they are rich/famous. Make them poor and anonymous and see who pays attention.:evil:

P.S. I'm always amazed that most people are completely unwilling to give up their entertainment for principle.:rolleyes:

September 4, 2003, 10:25 PM
I read this story almost two weeks ago. Last night the local Pravda TV news show (local NBC affiliate) announces that an "actor" had "harsh words" about the USA. While scenes from "Pirates of the Caribbean" are playing the (cough) anchor is quoting him and his dribble like this is news. I showed my wife and she said "slow news night?". No, SOP. :barf:

He may be an actor but I fail to see how that qualifies him at all for enough credibility to be news at 11.

Vote! especially if you live in Kali.

September 5, 2003, 10:38 AM
Johnny is sooooooo sorry................................that his cash cow might dry up.

Punk.:fire: :rolleyes:

Depp: 'Dumb Puppy' Quote Twisted My Words

Friday , September 05, 2003

LOS ANGELES — "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Johnny Depp (search) said Thursday that his comments likening the United States (search) to a 'dumb puppy' were taken out of context.

The German magazine Stern quoted the former "21 Jump Street" star as saying, "America is dumb, is something like a dumb puppy that has big teeth — that can bite and hurt you, aggressive."

But the "Edward Scissorhands" (search) and "Sleepy Hollow" star, who spends much of his time in the south of France with his two young children and companion, Vanessa Paradis (search), said his remarks weren't mean to be taken as "anti-American sentiment."

Depp, 40, said the magazine's piece was an "insanely twisted deformation of my words and intent," in a statement. Stern stands by the story.

The actor said what he meant was that America is a very young country when compared with Europe -- and it's still growing. He said he loves his country and has "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," he said.

September 5, 2003, 10:47 AM
Isn't this the same Johnny Depp who had to SOBER UP before he could do a film about Hunter S. Thompson?...:scrutiny:

Always consider the source...:rolleyes:

September 5, 2003, 10:51 AM
Mr Depp prefers a society where people care so little about their elderly that they allow them to die in their rooms when the temperature get over 90 degrees:fire: A society that would much rather have financial dealings w/ a homicidal maniac that get him out of business :cuss: Where you can never be to liberal but being mildly conservative is the ultimate evil. EF him & everyone else like him.

September 5, 2003, 10:52 AM
I'd like to tell y'all that "Depp" is a German slang word and its English translation is "MORON"!!!

Nomen est omen.

:evil: :evil: :evil:

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