It's no longer surprising when American celebrities verbally attack their own country, somehow turning what could have been a legitimate argument into a disgraceful mudslinging attack against the United States of America.
Have you noticed the striking similarities between Depp, the Dixie Chicks, and many other Hollywood liberals? They became multimillion dollar celebrities on the only soil in the world that could make such a life possible, and then flee to a foreign country where they begin their assaults, whether it be by French audiences or German magazines. What's next, Sean Penn telling the BBC how horrible life in America is?
In Depp's case, it's the same story. If you wonder why he hasn't been outspoken against the war up until just recently, it may be because he was busy making millions as the star in this summer's blockbuster, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and in the soon-to-be-released "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."
Apparently Depp, who currently resides in France, doesn't see himself spending much time in America according to an interview published in the German magazine Stern. He is unhappy with the war as well as some of the ridiculous policies implemented by the current Bush administration.
That is all fine. There is nothing wrong with being anti-war, and there is certainly nothing wrong with opposing the "freedom fries" issue; I still roll my eyes at such idiocy. Depp said in the Stern interview, "Nothing made me happier than when I read that — grown men and grown women in positions of power in the United States government…I was ecstatic because they revealed themselves as idiots."
Idiots, sure. While I think it's cowardly for celebrities to say such things while in other countries, there's nothing wrong with thinking a person is an idiot. But what he says next should anger all Americans, at least those who love their own country.
"America is dumb, is something like a dumb puppy that has big teeth — that can bite and hurt you, aggressive." America is not only dumb, but also a country not suitable for raising Depp's children. If anything, Depp wants his children to experience the United States "like it's a kind a toy — a broken toy maybe. Investigate a little bit, check it out, get this feeling and then get out."
Am I calling for a boycott of Depp's movies? No. I plan on seeing "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" because I support the movie industry, however some of the actors themselves need to be checked.
Hey, you can be anti-war and anti-Bush without being anti-American. What Depp and others are doing is spitting in the face of America. If he hates being in America so bad, then maybe he should stop making American movies. After this year's Cannes Film Festival, I hear that France could use a good production or two.
Here is a simple, quick and easy format Depp and other celebrities should use when bashing America or criticizing the current administration. By following this outline, they should be immune from criticism against them as well be free of all anti-American labels. By following these three easy steps, Depp and his fellow anti-war crew will still be Americans.
1. You don't have to like our country. Call America "stupid" at your Hollywood movie premiere, or if you're the Dixie Chicks, say you're ashamed to be from Texas during a sold out show in front of a Texas audience. See how quickly your movie bombs and how fast your sold out audience heads for the back gates. But hey, at least you will have expressed your first amendment right as an American, and I will respect anyone who does that. Show your disgust by refusing to sign record deals and movie contracts. Now that's courage.
2. It's fine to say that you don't want your kids growing up in America and that they should view it as "a broken toy" whatever that means, but do so after filming your last American movie. I can understand an actor wanting to try new things, and the foreign markets are desperate for talent. Again, I'll have no problem with any celebrity who criticizes this country when they stop making money in it.
3. If you don't like our president, that's cool. But if you're going to blast him, why not be productive in the process? Preach in front of a large American crowd and hope to persuade people who actually matter. That's right, French audiences and German magazine readers have as much political influence in this country as Saddam's two sons currently rotting six feet under in the blood-soaked dirt.