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Johnny Depp, pirate of St. Tropez
By Paul Walfield
In recent weeks, there has been an upsurge, even from the democrats in Congress, about the evils of expressing your first amendment rights if expressing them criticizes a Hollywood celebrity. The elite are protected from the "rabble" by democrats who think they know who butters their bread, and by the media who sees anyone who doesn't think like them as, well, "rabble."
Apparently the First Amendment to the Constitution is at the disposal of the left, but not anyone else. The left can boycott, criticize and pretty much damn the government and country and anyone they see as a threat or even an annoyance. But woe to the person or persons who criticize the left. For the left, bad mouthing America is patriotic, but badmouthing the person badmouthing America, is downright treasonous.
USA Weekend.com ran a July 6, 2003, story on the "always offbeat" star of the new Disney movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." Basically, the story on Depp is a condemnation of America, its people and its place in the world. Depp "loves" America, but prefers France. He moved there five years ago and has never looked back. You see France is far more civilized than America for Depp as he is "shocked by the gun violence in American schools and feels it is far safer raising a family in France."
Depp prefers to "live a simple life" in France. According to the article, the simple life for Johnny is one in which he can "live as he pleases in a French farmhouse near swanky St. Tropez and choose which roles he wants to play." Johnny also likes to go out and buy "$18,000 bottles of wine in restaurants, and pals around with Rolling Stones bad boys Keith Richards and Ron Wood."
However, Johnny loves "France and [to] be living in a tiny village with nothing around. There is still the possibility to live a simple life. You can go to the market, walk about, buy fruits and vegetables -- the things they did 100 and 200 years ago. We have moments when we're sitting in our house and our kids are playing, and we look at one another and think, 'Thank God we escaped.'"
For Johnny, buying a cucumber or a cabbage from a market is primitive living and living and being in America is a place and state of being, to "escape" from. Just the same, Johnny wants us all to pay money to see him in the movies so he can continue to badmouth the country that allowed him to become an "artiste" and if anyone dare criticize that pompous little twerp for badmouthing America, it is an "infringement" on his First Amendment rights.
Johnny sees the French as far more sophisticated and erudite than the backward Americans. "He rejects the view that there has been a surge of anti-Americanism there because of opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and he believes the French people have behaved in a dignified manner while some Americans have resorted to ‘schoolyard tactics' by renaming French fries ‘freedom fries."'
Johnny explains, "That was so revealing, that grown men sat around and came up with that idea," talking about freedom fries. "It was tragic and embarrassing. At the same time, I was happy it was exposed, and people knew that a bunch of congressmen -- big people, the upper-drawer people -- made that decision." Johnny seems to really like France and is very protective.
As far as the war in Iraq is concerned, Johnny only sees the ugly Americans bullying the world's innocent and defenseless peoples. "I saw these American kids being shipped off to war, and I was looking at their faces and thinking, they're not ready for it." Adding, "Is anybody ever ready for it? You're thinking about where they're going, what they're getting into. What's it really all about? It's about dough; it's about money. That's ugly."
Besides trashing America, Johnny also has advice on parenting and family values, you know, the things we all thought about whenever we used to think about Disney. Johnny has a couple of children who he loves dearly along with their mother. However, he hasn't as yet chosen to marry. Johnny doesn't think it is important just yet. He wants to wait a while so that the marriage will mean something to his children. Johnny wants to wait to marry the mother of his children, who by the way, he loves dearly, until his "kids are old enough to enjoy it."
Johnny sees marriage the same way normal people view going to the movies. After all, seeing a movie is more enjoyable when you have friends around who also enjoy the night out. Marriage for Johnny, unlike us mere mortals, is all about the ceremony. Johnny is not getting married for the sake of his wife or for the sake of his children, but rather for the sake of entertaining his children. How sick is that?
Like Susan Sarandon, the Dixie Chicks and countless other celebrities before him, Johnny Depp has taken what was given to him by America and her people, and stepped all over it. Perhaps next time America creates a new star with all the wealth and fame that goes with it, we Americans' remember to keep the receipt.
Paul Walfield is a freelance writer and an attorney and counselor at law
with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and post- graduate study in behavioral
and analytical psychology. He resided for a number of years in the small
town of Houlton, Maine and is now practicing law and writing about current
events. Paul can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org © 2003
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