There’s puppy love and then there’s Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp, the icon of American cool, has suddenly turned weird about, of all things, two teacup dogs named Pistol and Boo. What? Of all the stressors and obstacles in a celebrity’s path over twenty-something years of fame, this is the straw that cracks the camel’s back? Really?
Perhaps it’s that a man will do anything when he’s in love. The dogs actually belong to his youthful wife (about half his age). Depp and Amber Heard are on the meat hook for bringing their two adorable pups into Australia without legal permits. Hey, it’s not like they can’t bring the dogs with them at all. They simply have to follow the law like every other schlepp, such as you and me. But Depp is no schlepp. At least, not in his mind. His ego seems to have eaten him alive (like feral dogs). He made a tongue-in-cheek threat to assault Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce if his wife is given a 10-year jail sentence so he could be jailed too. Doggone dogs.
Perhaps he is annoyed that celebrities don’t get preferential treatment over the rest of us. Naturally he is used to privileged treatment and if he doesn’t get it, he probably buys it. This time, however, Australia, which was founded on transported criminals keep in mind, dug in its heels and said “send the dogs home or we will put them down.” Depp however won’t take that one sitting down. In response he and his wife actually left the country and flew back to America, delaying the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean. Seriously. If it ever gets made, they’ll have to rename it Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of Barnaby Joyce.
Look, I’m as big a Depp fan as anyone else. I watch most of his movies. I think he is a great character actor and was born for celebrity. He is ultra-cool and incredibly handsome. He is funny and entertaining on talk shows but what happened here? Is this a new Depp that we can expect to haunt the public stage from now on? Let’s hope not.
And I sincerely hope the Australian Minister has learned his lesson, which is he had better treat incredibly conceited and self-centered narcissists as if the world evolves around them, or else he can just send them to jail. To think, people are starving in Africa and this is worldwide news (perhaps we can find feed starving Africans a few dogs). Well, when all’s said and done, there is a bright side. At least the two celebs didn’t land in Korea.