The actor took to social media to pay tribute to George Floyd in a really touching way. Johnny Depp posted a cover of Bob Dylan’s Times They Are A-Changin’ on his relatively new Instagram page and shared a very important message in the caption as well.
Depp called the latest victim of police brutality a ‘sacrificial hero’ since, as you know, his senseless killing has sparked protests for change all over the world.
Johnny really felt like Bob Dylan’s protest song was the perfect one to sing amid the current fight for equality.
For fans, it’s no secret that while he is a huge name in the acting industry, his other passion is singing and he does it really well.
Talking about the song he performed, Johnny said it ‘very strongly applies to the life-altering image of George Floyd, forever seared in our brains.’
He also mentioned that the song equally applies to the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic the world is currently still going through.
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Two months before the world was subjected to the shocking live coverage of the merciless, bloodthirsty and public daylight murder of JFK in Nov. 1963, 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. Dylan had already achieved stratospheric acclaim from his treasure-producing workmanship and poetic abilities. He had already jacked up the bar of songwriting to an untouchable level. He also became a reluctant prophet, which can be quite an occupational hazard…Yet he 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: “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. I chose to perform this song live, for my friend @drbarbarasturm Covid benefit several weeks ago… I didn’t really know how to play it, but I figured I’d give it a shot, as it seemed to apply so well. And it applies now, more than ever. It was performed a couple of weeks before our collective paralysis was rendered complete by the images of our fellow human George Floyd being cruelly and brutally tortured to death on live TV. Let us take a moment to remember the sacrificial hero George Floyd and look with hope towards the changes that his tragic death will cause. And let’s salute the reluctant prophet Bob Dylan and the dream of change he inspired then, now, and onwards… His impact is that of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Hunter Thompson, Marlon Brando, Woody Guthrie, William Blake, Picasso, Bach and Mozart. Dylan’s song is to be kept near you, AT ALL TIMES!!! All love and respect, JD
Depp’s lengthy caption reads in part that: ‘For me, it applies to the moment that we are in,applies to the moment they were in in 1963, applies to everything before and everything since then and everything that will be.’
He went on to open up about what the song really means to him: ‘I chose to perform this song for my friend @drbarbarasturm Covid-19 benefit several weeks ago…I did not really know how to play it, but I figured I would give it a shot, as it seemed to apply really well. And it also applies now, more than ever. It was performed just a couple of weeks before our collective paralysis was rendered complete by the images of fellow human George Floyd being cruelly and brutally tortured to death on TV.’
He concluded his message by encouraging people to ‘take a moment to remember the sacrificial hero of George Floyd and to look with hope towards the changes that his tragic death will cause.’