OPINION: Barking mad politicians could ruin movie industry

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

BARKING mad politicians going on about Johnny Depp's 'pouting pooches' might want to tuck their egos back in their hats.

Yes, Johnny did wrong.

But do you really need to go and on and on about it in the media?

Did you bother to place a call to the mega movie star's manager to sort  the issue out? Or did you just jump the gun to get some attention?

The behavior of Australian politicians over Johnny Depp's dogs in the past few days is disgusting. 

First, Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to kill Depp's two dogs if he didn't get them out of the country in a 50-hour period.

Today, Clive Palmer jumped into the debate, saying  there's more important things to worry about, like drought-stricken farmers, rather than Johnny Depp's fugitive dogs.

And now Capricornia MP Michelle Landry has barked in on the matter, saying Depp needs to take his " pouting pooches should push off!"

I get the quarantine and biosecurity issues in Australia.

But how much 'spreading' of anything could these pooches have done considering no one knew about them until he took them to be groomed?

It's a wonder any mega movie stars want to come and shot a movie in Australia when they risk being hounded by politicians. 

Depp isn't the first celebrity to be punished by Australian authorities - remember Snoop Dogg's ban in 2007 because of his 'character'?

Justin Bieber is one celebrity whose behaviour in Australia should have resulted in being banned or restricted in terms of what he could do while he was here. (Spitting on people and vandalism is illegal)

Why are we hounding some and not others? 

Obviously these politicians don't like the money generated in Australia from making movies, otherwise they'd behave more like adults than teenagers trying to get in the spotlight.

Topics:  barnaby joyce clive palmer dogs johnny depp michelle landry politicians

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