Australian agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has spoken out about the widely panned videotaped apology from Johnny Depp and his wife Amber...
Australian minister: Johnny Depp dog apology video no award winner
The pair made the video as Amber pleaded guilty in an Australian court to falsifying an immigration document when the couple brought their dogs to the country last year.
Barnaby joked on Australian Broadcasting Corp radio: ”I don’t think he’ll get an Academy Award for his performance… he looked like he was auditioning for The Godfather.”
“At the end of it, we’ve got a message that is going all around the world right now – it’s going off like a frog in a sock – telling people that if you come into this nation and you don’t obey our laws, you’re in trouble.
“Going off like a frog in a sock, by the way, is Australian slang for ‘going crazy’.”
The “war on terrier” debacle has been going crazy since last year, when Barnaby helped catapult the case into global headlines by accusing the couple of smuggling their Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo into Australia while Johnny was filming the fifth movie in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series.
“Australia is a wonderful island,” Amber begins, “with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people.”
“Australians are just as unique —-both warm and direct,” a grim-looking Johnny later chimes in. “When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.”
The clip quickly began trending on Twitter, with many – including comedian Ricky Gervais – comparing it to a hostage video. Others questioned whether the couple’s awkward delivery was a deliberate swipe at the Australian government.