(Johnny Depp) told the November issue of Vanity Fair in an interview that he found being photographed a "weird" experience. "Well, you just feel like you're being raped somehow," he was quoted as saying in an excerpt released Tuesday. (Johnny Depp apologizes for Vanity Fair "rape" comment)
Most of us understand Depp’s sentiment. He feels he is being violated, exposed, abused, and used, when he is being photographed. I don’t understand how this is even an issue. Rape is a terrible thing. If he had said something flippant about rape, belittled it in some way, that I could understand. But he didn’t. He simply tried to put what he felt in a way to be understood. And yet some misunderstood and were outraged by his simile. Depp chose to apologize.
Let’s move on to Hank Williams. This is the controversy (in case you’re one of the six people who haven’t yet heard): Williams, whose song "All My Rowdy Friends" has been the "Monday Night Football" theme on both ABC and ESPN since 1991, said on "Fox and Friends" that he thought House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner playing golf with President Obama "would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu ... In the shape this country is in?" ESPN Pulls Williams from MNF Opening
First, let me say this. I don’t watch Monday Night Football and couldn’t care less if a song of Hank Williams Jr. opens the show or not. Secondly, I don’t like Williams music and never have. Thirdly, as a Christian, I believe we are to respect the president of the United States.
The question is, does Williams’ remark disrespect President Obama? Does he say Obama is like Hitler? No. The analogy has nothing to do with President Obama, per se. Obama and Boehner playing golf together is like Hitler playing golf with a Jewish leader. This analogy is about the tension existing between the president and Republicans.
To fail to understand these are simply analogies make some as bright as burnt-out light bulbs in the Superdome.
My apologies to light bulb makers everywhere.