Johnny Depp Apologizes for Comparing Photo Shoots to Rape, But Did He Need To?

| by Michael Allen

Johnny Depp issued an apology today after comparing photo shoots to "being raped" in Vanity Fair.  Depp, who is one of the highest paid actors, made the comments while complaining about the downside of fame.

In a statement today, he said: "I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. 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 judgement, please accept my heartfelt apology."

He had told Vanity Fair: "You just feel like you're being raped somehow. Raped... It feels like a kind of weird... just weird, man. Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it's like... you just feel dumb. It's just so stupid."

A spokeswoman for RAINN, the Rape And Incest National Network, Katherine Hull, told Radar Online.com, that they would love a chance to speak to Depp and "educate him about the real life experience faced by survivors every day."

"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," Hull said.

Depp isn't the first star to make the contrast. Twilight's Kristen Stewart made a similar comparison while talking about being photographed by the paparazzi: "I feel like I'm looking at someone being raped. A lot of the time I can't handle it. I never expected that this would be my life." 

She too came under-fire from advocacy groups, and later said she was "sorry" for her comments.

It's important to note that Stewart and Depp both used the simile "like rape."  Wikipedia defines a simile by the following:

A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two different things, usually by employing the words "like", "as", or "than". Even though both similes and metaphors are forms of comparison, similes indirectly compare the two ideas and allow them to remain distinct in spite of their similarities, whereas metaphors compare two things directly."

With that in mind, should rape victim advocacy groups apologize to Depp and Stewart for twisting their similes?