Hollywood actress Amber Heard has poked fun at Australian deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce by naming her new dog after him, nearly seven years after a high-profile stoush over Australia’s biosecurity laws.
“Meet the newest member of the Heard family, Barnaby Joyce!” the Aquaman star said on Monday, posting a picture of herself on Instagram holding a large shaggy dog with a Christmas tree in the background.
The name is a reference to a 2015 incident in which Heard flew into Australia with two of her dogs, Pistol and Boo, to visit then-husband Johnny Depp while he shot a Pirates of the Caribbean film on Queensland’s Gold Coast
When news filtered out via social media that the dogs had visited a local salon, Mr Joyce – who was then Australia’s agriculture minister – gave the couple a 50-hour deadline to remove their pets or face having them put down for breaching Australia’s tough biosecurity laws.
“There is a process if you want to bring animals: you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them,” Mr Joyce said at the time.
“But if we start letting movie stars – even though they’ve been the sexiest man alive twice – to come into our nation [and break the laws], then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?
“It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States.”
Heard later pleaded guilty to falsifying quarantine documents and was given a one-month good behaviour bond. Her lawyer at the time said it was a “terrible mistake” and she had been sleep-deprived and exhausted when she entered the country.
The couple recorded a video that made headlines around the world apologising for the breach and declaring the importance of protecting Australia’s environment.
“Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws,” Heard said in the video.
Depp also appeared in the clip, saying: “Australians are just as unique. Both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law they will tell you.”
Since the incident, Heard has continued to poke fun at Mr Joyce, also sending a picture of a box of kiwi fruit after he lost his seat in parliament having found out he was a dual New Zealand citizen.
Mr Joyce, however, said he was “fine” with the choice of name and it gave him “a real sense of accomplishment that I’m still in her head long after I’ve forgotten about them.”
“Obviously, I now rate above Johnny Depp,” he told The Australian.