George Floyd protests: Johnny Depp reflects on JFK with Bob Dylan's song, fans thank him for the 'healing'
Johnny Depp shed light on how Bob Dylan's song is perfect for both deadly pandemics as well as protests against racial discrimination
In the wake of George Floyd's tragic death, a string of celebrities are raising their voice against systemic racism. Johnny Depp joined the protests with a song that has long been an anthem of change for the time — 'The Times They Are A-Changin'. Shedding light on how Bob Dylan penned down this song that stands perfect for both deadly pandemic as well as protests against racial discrimination, he posted the five-minute video strumming the guitar and winning millions of hearts.
Alongside the clip, he highlighted how the song was written in 1963... barely "two months before the world was subjected to the shocking live coverage of the merciless, bloodthirsty and public daylight murder of JFK." He continued, "Bob Dylan sat down to write a song… He had a particular idea in mind, which he recorded mere weeks before Kennedy's tragic assassination."
Showering a heap of praise for the singer, Depp said, Dylan remained himself while "dodging all manner of con artists, bloodsuckers, angles, arrows, ignorance, injustices and scrutinization of his life. His intentions remained pure. So he sat down and wrote the gold standard of protest songs, the seminal and most significant, mind-boggling and staggeringly poetic, prophetic protest song the world will ever know."
Reflecting on how it applies to the lockdown and the riots, he added, "'The Times They Are A-Changin'... Dylan's song applies to Covid-19, it also very strongly applies to the life-altering image of George Floyd, forever seared to our brains… For me, it applies to the moment we are in, it applies to the moment they were in in 1963, it applies to everything before and everything since and everything that will be," he wrote in a long post.
No sooner did he post it, director-cinematographer Wally Pfister said, "WTF!? And you said you didn't sing!! Well done, Johnny!" Several others gushed at his singing skills. "You are a good guitarist. Your voice is great for reading. The environment in which you sing is soothing," one comment said and another read, "Even though you didn’t know how to play it, but it’s your style of covering it and you’ve done an amazing job!!! And also Thank you for your words as always.’"
His words made many fans reminisce of old times and praise his words. "I am a child of the 60s. In the evenings our living rooms were filled with images of protest, riots, blood and beating. The JFK assassination took away our national virginity. I saw Jack Ruby murdered live on TV. These days a lot of the emotions elicited as a child watching return. Again, I am watching a change on live TV," one comment read and another said, "Yes you are right and the perfects words and thoughts I'm with you are the same I think. I hope this change right now it's not possible that past these barbarian and horrible murder I can't believe it!!! I feel so sad about this and for many bads things that happen in this world, this must stop!!"
Thanking him for the support, one said, "Thank you, JD! To experience your love through your musical expression is healing!!! I feel as though I know you. My hope is that you continue to feel the collective love that supports your personal sacrifice while simultaneously," and another posted, "Brilliantly said Johnny and brilliantly performed. Thank you for sharing your art and your message. Times have to change. We have to do better for all. We can't let any innocent blood be shed in vain. One voice makes all the difference." One simply went on to say: "Beautiful! I love your voice! Thank you for standing up for what is right!"