The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial is one of the few, if any, topics that have captured huge social media attention in recent months. There doesn’t seem to be any way to avoid seeing content about the trial on popular websites like Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and others. Since viewers’ interest and algorithmic boosts have a powerful synergy, this attention has attracted content creators of all stripes. Also, the Depp-Heard trial has been covered by a wide range of creators, including K-pop fans, musicians, and film critics, as well as podcasters, comedians, and makeup artists. However, a number of users are riding Depp’s wave of support, claiming that he is a victim of domestic abuse (Amber Heard has stated that she hit Depp in self-defense or in defense of her sister).
The ‘Justice for Johnny’ social media movement has flooded platforms with articles supporting Depp and thus antagonizing Amber Heard. There have been more than 10.7 billion views of videos on TikTok with the hashtag #justiceforjohnnydepp.
Amber Heard – The target of trolls after losing the Johnny Depp case
It was a cloudy, perplexing trial. Although it was technically a defamation trial involving a newspaper article, with Depp suing Amber Heard and Heard countersuing Depp, there was only one major conflict at its core. According to Amber Heard, Johnny Depp assaulted her. While Depp claimed Heard was abusive. What then, is the truth? Surprisingly for the ‘Me Too’ movement, Depp was overwhelmingly supported by the jury and the loudest online voices. Months after she lost the widely publicized defamation case against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, Heard is still the target of online bullies.
According to recent reports, YouTube refused to remove a channel that was only used to post disparaging information about the Aquaman actor in order to appease Johnny Depp’s supporters and followers. Creators claimed that the frenzy surrounding the celebrities and the trial had given them the opportunity to garner millions of views on channels and accounts that had only a small following a few weeks prior. Jay Suero, a Twitter user, and MMA enthusiast said taking Depp’s side on social media, to the point that all pro-Heard would get drowned out by the opposition. “She definitely did prey on him. She’s a predator.”
She definitely did prey on him. She's a predator
— Jay Suero (@suero_mma) January 8, 2023
Let’s look at some similar anti-Heard tweets:
The correct word would be “seduced” but by all accounts, including Depp’s, it was a mutual attraction starting with their stage kiss. Chemistry.
— Meow Meow (@__hellkite) January 7, 2023
I think Amber knew what she was doing from the start she went after Johnny because he was a easy person to get alone with
— Jena Alexander (@JenaAlexander20) January 7, 2023
Grooming is being accepted as a much wider term now and applies to all ages male & female! I fully agree Amber pursued Depp with intention to control & coerce. Their therapist confirmed Heard has a “constant need to control” and would frequent “rage”
— Hilda Higgins (@HildaHi16647758) January 7, 2023
Right ofc …. It's not like depp dated underage Winona Ryder.
— flrtae (@JENK1SS) January 7, 2023
His own daughter got groomed and he did nothing so
— e Ⓥ ｡˚☽｡ (@beigehydrangeas) January 7, 2023
In addition, the report also discovered that women who tweeted in favor of Amber Heard on Twitter were the targets of trolling, cyberbullying, and stalking. Weeks after the Depp vs. Heard trial ended, anti-Amber Heard hashtags and tweets in response to female supporters continued.
Is this a case of ‘mutual abuse’?
There’s not just one thing that’s not clear in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard case, multiple to name. There is a lot of chaos and complexity in their story.
Though, there are claims of strong evidence supporting Depp’s use of force against Heard. But, in contrast, fans were flooded with negative posts about Amber Heard during her defamation trial against actor Johnny Depp. Many new Twitter accounts are sharing anti-Heard posts, according to Bot Sentinel, a research company that keeps track of targeted attacks on social media. Sentinel found 627 Twitter accounts dedicated to tweeting disparaging things about Heard and her female supporters after analyzing roughly 14,292 tweets with Anti-Heard hashtags. According to the report, nearly a quarter (24.4%) of the accounts were created within the last seven months.
The trial has taken a toll on his image in the public and the actress has been trying to stay away from the public eye.
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