Johnny Depp Condemns “Cancel Culture” and Calls for Support of Friends and Loved Ones. The staggeringly public court battles between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Ambe Heard and the many accusations of abuse from both camps has led to several very public calls for the “cancellation” of both Depp and Heard at various times, and though he has talked more timidly about the public scrutiny and declarations it seems the Pirates of the Caribbean star has had enough and got candid with the press during the San Sebastian Film Festival.
After being asked about the effects of “cancel culture” and the wide and quick to spread social media posts, Depp didn’t hold back his malcontent with the movement and shared a call to action for people to support their friends and loved ones should they come under fire from the trendy social media movement.
Depp didn’t mince words when sharing with members of the press, “It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture, this instant rush to judgment based on what essentially amounts to polluted air,” Depp claimed. “It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe. It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled. It’s not just me that this has happened to, it’s happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men.” he continued, “Sadly at a certain point they begin to think that it’s normal. Or that it’s them. When it’s not. It doesn’t matter if a judgment, per se, has taken some artistic license,” Depp continued. “When there’s an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in – stand up, don’t sit down. ‘Cause they need you.“
Previously, the Disney Legend was fired from his iconic roles as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films and as Grindlewald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise due to the allegations of spousal abuse and the negative press that quickly followed. Reportedly, Disney is at least reconsidering the decision to fire Depp, but he did share that his latest film, Minamata, was “boycotted by Hollywood” despite the belief that the filmmakers and partners on the project were going to stay neutral regarding the movie’s premiere and distribution, claiming:
“We looked these people in the eyeballs and promised we would not be exploitative. That the film would be respectful. I believe that we’ve kept our end of the bargain, but those who came in later should also maintain theirs. Some films touch people,” Depp added, “And this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything… For Hollywood’s boycott of me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years? But, you know, I’m moving towards where I need to go to make all that… To bring things to light.”
There is no doubting Depp has his right to be upset for being “guilty before proven innocent”, and likely this will incite more retaliation, but it is hard as a fan to see him pushed to the edge despite his passion and drive to move on and forward. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things entertainment!
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