Johnny Depp and Kristen Stewart share a distaste for photographers and a bad habit of relating photography to rape. Depp is the latest to apologize for his remarks.
Known for his suave demeanor, Depp caused an uproar after excerpts were released from a new interview in Vanity Fair magazine, in which he made the widely criticized comments.
Today, he was back-peddling profusely.
“I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to,” Depp said in the statement. “It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling.
“I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology.”
In the interview, Depp had this to say when asked about being photographed: “Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped … It feels like a kind of weird — just weird, man.”
Rape awareness advocates were quick to chastise the actor yesterday (Oct. 4).
The Rape and Incest National Network, a group that helps individuals who have gone through the ordeal, was among organizations irked by the remarks.
“While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape – a violent crime which affects another American every two minutes,” spokeswoman Katherine Hull said.
Stewart made the same mistake in an interview with the British edition of Elle magazine last year.
“It’s so… The photos are so… I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped. A lot of the time I can’t handle it,” the actress said. “I never expected that this would be my life.”
“Kristen Stewart’s comments are regrettable. Portraying a rape survivor in the film ‘Speak’ should have led her to use a more appropriate metaphor to describe the intrusive nature of the paparazzi,” Hull said at the time.
“Rape is more than an intrusion, it’s a violent crime.”
She also apologized. “I really made an enormous mistake – clearly and obviously,” she later said. “And I’m really sorry about my choice of words.”