In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Johnny Depp confessed something alarming that has been happening to him when someone takes publicity photos of him:
Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped … It feels like a kind of weird — just weird, man. [I’ll pose with fans], but whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like — you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid.
I think everyone who has been raped can attest that this is exactly what being raped makes you feel like. Dumb! Dumb and weird.
My fellow Skepchick Amy pointed out that being filmed is like having your photo taken 24, 48, or even 72 times a second, which to Johnny must be the equivalent of being gang raped in front of a large group of industry professionals. So why would Johnny continue to put up with being raped day after day?
Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it. I have to. I mean, it’s not for me. Do you know what I mean? At this point, it’s for my kids. It’s ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately is it for me? No. No. It’s for the kids.
For the children. As fellow Skepchick Elyse said, “Much like the women who are forced into prostitution to pay for milk and cereal and are beaten by their pimps and raped. It’s the same thing.”
There’s a way to stop this, though, and you can help. We’ve started a fundraiser that, if successful, will cover the cost of raising Johnny’s kids so that he no longer has to work in Hollywood. This might seem like a difficult job since Johnny is the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records‘ highest paid actor with $75 million. However, we think we can still afford to raise the kids with just $10 million – it’ll be a tight squeeze, but so long as they’re willing to give up a few comforts like, I don’t know, diamond smoothies and life-size Monopoly games using real money, we should be able to make it work.
And it goes without saying, but please, no victim-blaming in the comments. We’ll be banning the first person to suggest he was asking to get his photo taken because he’s so pretty.
EDIT: Okay, Johnny apologized for the comment but WHY? You don’t have to feel so dumb, Johnny! You don’t!