Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Mocked Over Apology Video
Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard have been mercilessly mocked over the apology video for their Australian dog-smuggling case. Amber, 29, escaped conviction on Monday after falling foul of Australia’s animal importation laws when she allegedly flew their pet terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country without the proper permits last year.
She pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying quarantine documents, although two charges of illegal importation of an animal were dropped. As part of the plea deal, which saw Heard avoid a conviction, she and Depp, 52, recorded a somber video apology which appeared on the Australian government’s YouTube channel. In the clip, the couple praised Australia, with Depp saying, “Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. If you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.” Depp and his wife were mocked by U.S. late night TV hosts for their apparent insincerity, with Stephen Colbert joking that the couple were being threatened by gun toting kangaroos while recording the apology. He also made his own version of the video, in which he dressed as Depp and said, “Australia is truly a lovely lady, and that goes double for all the angry men who make you do these videos.” Jimmy Kimmel also joined in the mockery of the couple by using a filter on the Snapchat app which gave Heard a dog’s nose. Meanwhile, The Guardian published a film review of the apology, giving it one star out of five and described it as, “the equivalent of too-cool-for-school Year 12 students sneeringly saying ‘sorr-eeeeee!’ to the headteacher.” The couple were even the subject of a joke from Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, who was one of their most aggressive critics after the incident. “I don’t think he’ll get an Academy Award for his performance…he looked like he was auditioning for The Godfather,” Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Heard, who also received a $1,000 recognizance fine over the incident, and Depp flew out of Australia on a private jet on Tuesday.