Celebrities aren’t liking Johnny Depp’s post-trial Instagram post after new court documents were sealed

Celebrities aren’t liking Johnny Depp’s post-trial Instagram post after new court documents were sealed

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Earlier this week, thousands of pages were previously sealed court documents from Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard were made public and they were pretty horrifying. They reveal the original plan by Depp’s legal team to use Heard’s nude photo against him; confirmation that the photos and audio provided by Depp have been tampered with; notes from the couple’s therapist confirming that Heard was a victim of “intimate partner violence”; text messages from Depp and his assistant only corroborating Heard’s claim that he kicked and punched her on a private jet in front of his staff; Depp’s attempts to help Marilyn Manson, another alleged abuser, hide from the police; and more.

Overall, despite Depp’s supporters reportedly co-funding the release of the documents, the revelations in the pages hardly paint a flattering portrait of the man. to become a national hero for symbolically defeating lying, deceitful women everywhere. It is not yet clear whether the unsealed documents will have a significant cultural impact; but at least they seem to have convinced some of Depp’s previous A-list supporters to rethink their stance, or at least hide their public display of support.

Viral Twitter on Thursday a clue first shared a list of celebrities who initially liked and appeared to dislike Depp’s celebratory Instagram post, which was shared after he won a defamation lawsuit in May. Jezebel has since confirmed that as of Friday afternoon, these celebrities’ Instagram accounts are no longer ‘liking’ the post. They include: supermodel Bella Hadid, Game of ThronesSophia Turner, makeup influencer NikkieTutorials, Orlando Bloom, Robert Downey, Jr., Zoey Deutch, Joey King, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Coolidge, Jordan Fisher, McKenna Grace, Raley Keogh, and Bruce Campbell.

Amanda Knox, the activist known for her wrongful conviction in Italy for murdering her roommate in 2007, also initially liked the post in May; as of Friday, her account no longer “likes” the post. Notably, even CUNY, which previously boasted how one of its alums worked on Depp’s team, apologized to an email earlier this week.

According to a Buzzfeed report from May, another high-profile celebrities who ‘like’ this post. and I didn’t seem to like it, including Vanessa.people will die [shrug]”Hudgens, alleged serial abuser Ryan Adams, directed by Taika Waititi, Jennifer Aniston, Gemma Chan, Henry Golding, Zoe Saldana, Halle Bailey, Naomi Campbell, Dominic Fike, Heard’s co-star Jason Momoa and more. And before that, stars like Courtney Love and Kate Moss very publicly shared supportive stories or messages about how Depp hasn’t abused them actively treated them— thereby proving that he couldn’t have hurt Heard, because everyone knows that domestic abusers have abused every woman they’ve ever encountered. Famous men like Depp’s boyfriend Paul Bethany— who texted Depp about “burning Amber” and “dragging her dead body” and Fantastic beasts director David Yates have also called Depp a stand-up guy and said they’ve never seen him hit a woman, so of course it shouldn’t have happened.

Depp sued Heard for defamation over his 2018 op-ed in which she identified as a victim of domestic violence, two years after Depp publicly accused the abuser. Even before the aforementioned court documents were unsealed, Heard presented extensive evidence of the abuse she says Depp inflicted on her during their relationship, from damning audio and texts to eyewitness accounts of the alleged abuse. him. However, the jury is out ruled that Heard had defamed her ex-husband and must pay him $15 million. An anonymous man later continued Good morning America and condemned Heard for her sake “crocodile tears” and said Heard and Depp “are both abusive to each other.”

When the verdict was announced, survivors across the country were talking about it fee in the weeks-long, nationally televised trial, which aggressively perpetuated age-old victim-blaming myths and sexist tropes, including that if a woman reacts or reacts to her partner’s abuse, she is no longer a victim but an abuser herself. The unsealed documents offer further examples of the extent to which Depp and his team relied on raw hostility to attack Heard, but that in itself is not a new revelation. There is no excuse for anyone, including high-profile celebrities who publicly promote themselves as feminists and profit from that marketing, to only now realize all that was damned by the lawsuit. From a more cynical perspective, maybe they haven’t even changed their minds, but sense that the tide is turning and that their names shouldn’t be added to his post?

Learning and growth is important. But how many women must be publicly retraumatized and relentlessly mocked by millions before enough is enough?

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