Sometimes, people don't appreciate the power of their words.
In the next Vanity Fair, Johnny Depp gives a candid and in-depth interview for the mag about being such a huge star in the business. One of the topics discussed was paparazzi and the numerous photo shoots he's obligated to do a year and Johnny admitted that he feels somewhat violated while being photographed. In fact, he went so fact as to likened the process to rape, saying:
“You just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped… it feels like kind of weird .. just weird, man.”
Weird is not the word, man. Rape is one of the worst acts of physical violence there is, if not the worst. Weird no way covers the feelings victims of such violence feel after they've truly been violated in this way. You picked the wrong choice of words, friend - and there's some people who have something to say back.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) issued this statement moments ago in response to Johnny's interview, hoping to reach out to the actor and show him the error of his word choice. The statement reads:
"While photos may feel at times intrusive, being photographed in no way compares to rape — a violent crime which affects another American every 2 minutes. RAINN welcomes the opportunity to speak with Mr. Depp and educate him about the real life experiences faced by survivors every day, and ways that he can work with RAINN to help."
Something to consider, perhaps. We understood where you were going with the comparison, and in spite of it, we don't think he meant any harm by it. Still, it couldn't hurt to be a little more sensitive to those who have truly had experience such a horror in their lives.
Wouldn't U agree?