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The Depps Confess Their Crimes

Johnny Depp and his wife smuggled their dogs into Australia, which is verbotten. They were caught and forced to make this public apology.

I say: Well played! 

The Australians are entirely correct to be concerned about people bringing not-native diseases to their shores. Given how rich Depp is, fining him alone would be rather pointless. He can afford his sins and transgressions. But making them record this hostage video is far more valuable to the Australians and far, far, more inconvenient to the Depps. 

Moreover, I say well-played to the Depps. They convey just how pissed off they are to be doing this quite brilliantly. The spirit seems to me “We owe you our compliance, not our sincerity.”

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now. @jonahnro

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