Johnny Depp has gone through a lot of tribulations for the past few years, ever since his former wife, Amber Heard alleged him of domestic abuse in an op-ed piece she wrote in The Washington Post five years ago. Those claims nearly destroyed the years of legacy he created in Hollywood. Due to those allegations, he briefly faced major backlash from the public that eventually supported him when his side of the story was revealed to the world.
Even though the actor was almost irreplaceable in the industry, the backlash he received demanded the actor be canceled by it. The impact was indeed visible, which is why he is not a person to support cancel culture.
Johnny Depp Stated His Opinions on Cancel Culture
Back in 2021, Johnny Depp opened up about his thoughts on cancel culture while discussing his downfall in the industry during an appearance at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
“It’s a complex situation because it can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted for, this cancel culture, or this instant rush to judgment based on, essentially, what amounts to polluted air that’s exhaled.”
Depp continued to state,
“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.”
He further pointed out,
“It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled.”
The Tourist actor mentioned that he was not the only one who faced the wave of cancel culture as it happened with many. He also stated how some people at a point in time start thinking of it as a normal thing, even blaming themselves for the same, when the real situation is something else.
Johnny Depp’s Viewpoint on UK Libel Case 2020
The 59-year-old actor also shared his views on the UK Libel Case which happened in 2020 against the UK newspaper The Sun. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor sued the tabloid and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over their April 2018 headline which labeled him as a “wife-beater” due to Amber Heard’s op-ed.
He lost that trial which also affected his appearance in the third installment of the Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Regarding the trial, he shared,
“It doesn’t matter if a judgement, per se, has taken some artistic license. 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.”
The actor was adamant about believing that no one is safe.
Even though he lost the UK Libel Case, he had a major win in the defamation trial in 2022 against his ex-wife. The case was finally closed when Heard settled with him with her insurance company agreeing to pay Depp $1 million.