Allen Ginsberg. Irwin Allen Ginsberg ( June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet of Jewish origin, and one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation of the 1950s. Allen Ginsberg was also one of the most vocal supporters of NAMBLA, The North American Man/Boy Love Association.
The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is a pedophile and pederasty advocacy organization. It’s goal is to abolish age-of-consent laws criminalizing adult sexual involvement with minors. Ginsberg once defended NAMBLA saying that “Attacks on NAMBLA stink of politics, witchhunting for profit, humorlessness, vanity, anger and ignorance.” Despite his controversial defense of NAMBLA, Ginsberg had many celebrity friends and one of them was Johnny Depp.
In a Q&A with Depp, published in Interview magazine, Depp confesses that he became really close with Ginsberg in the 90s, and let the late Beat Generation poet flirt with him on many occasions:
I met [Ginsberg] when we were doing this documentary called The United States of Poetry in 1995—I was reading some Kerouac for the movie. Afterward, I offered to give him a ride home. . . . He was a relentless flirt. Every time I saw him, he’d want to hold hands. It was sweet. I think he just wanted affection, on whatever level.”
Depp also published an essay about Allen describing the time he visited Ginsberg’s apartment:
He flirted unabashedly and nonstop for the duration of my visit, even allowing me to smoke, as long as I sat next to the kitchen window and exhaled in that direction. He kindly signed a book to me and a couple of autographs (one for my brother, of course), and then I made my way back to the hotel, only to have already received a call from him, inviting me to some kind of something or other.”
The two also shared an intimate moment together, it was almost as if they both were in love with each other:
He reached over and took me by the hand, and just held my hand, for, like, I dunno, [an] hour and a half?—we were just driving around, talking and stuff—and he just wanted to hold hands, you know, like the comfort of, I don’t know, holding someone’s hand, like a friend, or whatever. It was just such a beautiful gesture. From anyone else you’d go, “Whoa, whoa, hang on a minute now,” no no. It wasn’t like that at all, it was . . . he just wanted to hold hands, he just wanted comfort, he just wanted to feel another person’s pulse or something. It was amazing.”
Ginsberg was one of Johnny Depp’s idols, but it makes one wonder what Depp thought of Ginsberg’s association with NAMBLA and if it even mattered to Johnny.