The actor appeared at the Glastonbury Festival in England on Thursday, where he alluded to a presidential assassination.
While on stage to introduce a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine, Depp, 54, asked the crowd whether Trump could attend the festival. When the crowd started booing, he said, “No, no, no, you misunderstood completely. I think he needs … help,” and added: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
Depp was likely alluding to President Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 at the hands of actor John Wilkes Booth.
Social media quickly erupted as conservatives took to Twitter to express their outrage, with many saying that it’s unacceptable to joke about an assassination.
Opponents weren’t the only ones voicing their disapproval of Depp. Several fans also took to social media to say they could no longer support the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, while others called for a boycott of his movies.
Depp isn’t the only one coming under fire for recent comments made against the president. Kathy Griffin was criticized for posing in a graphic photo showing her holding a replica of Trump’s severed head. She was subsequently fired from her New Year’s Eve gig at CNN, and lost endorsement partnerships.
The Secret Service has said it is aware of Depp’s comments. Threatening the president is a crime under U.S. law. “For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” the Secret Service said in a statement, according to NBC News.