Watch Johnny Depp and Amber Heard apologize for dog smuggling in bizarre Australian propaganda video

Heard was spared a conviction for not declaring Pistol and Boo upon entering Oz, but the video is punishment enough

By Erin Keane

Editor in Chief

Published April 18, 2016 1:48PM (EDT)

Johnny Depp    (Reuters/Toru Hanai)
Johnny Depp (Reuters/Toru Hanai)

Last year, Johnny Depp's two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, found themselves at the center of a controversy when Depp and his wife Amber Heard failed to declare them upon entry to Australia. Heard pleaded guilty to "knowingly producing a false or misleading document" — her Incoming Passenger Card — but the two charges of dog-smuggling (one for Pistol, one for Boo) were dropped in an Australian court on Monday.

But Depp and Heard didn't get off so lightly. Cross Oz officials and they will make you pay — namely, by saying nice things about them on video in the most bizarre recorded apology ever.

"Australia is a wonderful island," mutters Heard, unconvincingly. "With a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people.

"It has to be protected," added Depp, in his most convincing performance in years.

Watch the full mea culpa below:




By Erin Keane

Erin Keane is Salon's Chief Content Officer. She is also on faculty at the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University and her memoir in essays, "Runaway: Notes on the Myths That Made Me," was named one of NPR's Books We Loved In 2022.

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