Outside of the occasional update on his court matters, we have not seen or heard much from famous actor Johnny Depp since his divorce from Amber Heard which led to a massive stream of bad press and harsh damage to his career.
This past Wednesday, this all changed during a Sebastian International Film Festival that was held in pain where he was given the honor of a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contributions to film.
As part of the obligatory question and answer section of winning the award, the, at one time highest paid, actor took the stage to address the topic of cancel culture and his own crashing down from grace out in Hollywood.
“It’s a very complex situation,” he stated, as reported by The Associated Press. “This instant rush to judgment based on essentially what amounts to polluted air. It’s got so far out of hand that I can assure you, no one is safe. Not one of you, so long as someone is willing to say one thing.”
Seemingly in reference to his own personal experience, he went on to add, “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.”
Since he was first accused by Heard back in 2016 of slapping her, throwing things at her, and kicking her, he has never actually been charged or convicted of any sort of domestic violence. Even his previous romantic partners such as his ex-wife Vanessa Paradis and his ex-fiancée Winona Ryder flocked to his defense in the face of these insane claims.
Paradis stated that during their entire 14-year long relationship, Depp was a “kind, attentive, generous, and non-violent person and father.” Ryder backed this up by stating that she could not “wrap [her] head around [Heard’s] accusations,” stating that Depp was never abusive or violent “at all” towards her.
Back in 2009, Heard was arrested and charged with the physical assault of a then-girlfriend. This stretched on into 2020 when the Daily Mail managed to get ahold of a few phone recordings where Heard admitted to abusing Depp and flinging household objects at him. She went on to call him a “f**king baby” for fleeing the abuse and stated that she would not promise that she “wouldn’t get physical again.”
Despite all of this, Warner Bros kicked Depp off of the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel while not even talking about still having heard on staff for the “Aquaman” sequel despite the evidence of her being the abuser.
Depp went on to respond to all of this by filing a $50 million lawsuit for defamation against Heard. Her legal team attempted to get the case dismissed due to the verdict that happened in the U.K.m but the court in Virginia ruled, this past August, in favor of Depp going forward.
As part of a press conference that took place this past week, quite a few reporters questioned Depp on what he thought of the current state of Hollywood. “Hollywood is certainly not what it was,” he stated. “The studio system, the grudge matches, the pandemonium and chaos of cinematic releases to streaming… it is a case of, ‘no matter what, I’m going to get mine’. That’s where these people are coming from.”
He then redirected back to the subject of the lack of loyalty in the entire entertainment industry today, stating about his colleagues, “They realize they’re just a disposable as I am. Some more so.”
The man stated that the solution to the horrid monster that is cancel culture is to support the individuals against the insane mob. “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.”