It’s time to break out the rum and move onto the next controversial topic.
The teeter-totter trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is finally over, and was it a surprise for people? Yeah, it was likely a shock for some folks that Depp walked out of the courtroom with a W, even though he did have to pay Amber Heard a sizable sum. She had to pay him more, but the price isn’t even the point. It’s the fact that after all the hell that has been unleashed in court and in the media, Amber Heard is sticking to the story that she’s the victim, and Johnny Depp is still laughing. In a way that almost sounds tragic, since thanks to movements such as MeToo and TimesUp, believing women no matter what their story is, or how much it might change, has convinced a lot of folks that believing what a woman says is the wisest course since like it or not, women must be telling the truth, right? There’s a big problem when it comes to actors however, especially those that people think are convincing, take the stand, it becomes a big question as to whether they’re being genuine, or if they’re simply putting on a show.
Who wants to guess what a lot of people feel that Amber Heard was doing? The fact is that a lot of fans think that she’s a great actress, but a lot of people feel that Johnny Depp is a great actor, perhaps even greater since he’s been around s much longer. Whether he’s a decent person or not, it has been revealed in a few ways that Heard is a bit duplicitous, so it’s fair to say that both of them are, well, kind of messed-up in their own ways. But the fact is that when it came to taking their turn on the stand, Heard was quick to turn on the waterworks whenever it appeared to suit her, even if the words she was speaking sounded like nonsense. The funny thing is that Heard’s supporters will read anything that has to do with her, and if it’s not in the vein of “poor Amber, she got screwed” or something overwhelmingly positive, then it’s bound to be believed that Heard is being turned into a scapegoat after suffering through ‘abuse’ from Depp.
That’s a touchy subject, isn’t it? Talking about abuse and accusing the victim is something that’s considered bad form and even worse, an unwarranted attack, but in this case it’s not quite the same. Heard’s testimony and her entire case feels somehow hollow, empty, and about as real as a three-dollar bill. Depp felt as though he was being more than a little odd during the trial, but somehow he was easier to buy into when it came to deciding who was telling the true account. Sadly, that doesn’t say much since this case was a shit-show from the start, and didn’t get any better as time went on. Hopefully things will pan out at this point and perhaps even start to fade after a while. But you know they won’t.
Johnny Depp didn’t lack for support.
If you deny this is true then you might be a Heard fan, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but it does kind of reinforce the idea of ‘believe all women’ no matter if they’re telling a tall tale or being truthful. I know, that sounds horrible and probably even like something the patriarchy would push. But the trick is that believing all women absolves a lot of women of a lot of responsibility, while making the huge assumption that men are all abusive pigs that are bound to abuse women at each and every turn. Appreciate the sarcasm, since it’s not always picked up as readily as it should be. The truth however is that the moment this was announced, Team Depp was formed almost immediately, while Team Heard has been an up and down affair throughout the course of the trial.
The argument was made that neither celebrity was 100% in the right.
As one of the many that tried to keep a balanced opinion of this trial it was necessary to remind a lot of folks that Depp wasn’t perfect, just as Heard isn’t. This was made evident throughout the trial in many different ways, not to mention that she decided to add to the pile in her own unique way. Trying to remain neutral in this case has been a little difficult to be certain, especially since Depp was entertaining fans long before Heard was batting her pretty eyes at people and creating one character after another that was, well…not horrible, but not exactly as great as some folks might want to think. She’s not a bad actress, at least not in the movies she’s been featured in, but in court, she’s been at her absolute worst, while Depp has been at his strangest since the trial began.
Of all the things that could happen…
Just when things were bad enough, there was a revelation that was bound to be seen as one of the most ridiculous and one of the most disgusting of the entire trial. If there’s anything to remember Heard by after this, and there will be, don’t doubt it, one can imagine that it’s bound to be eclipsed by the idea that Amber decided to squat on Depp’s side of their bed, dropping a deuce as a way to express herself. Hey, some people actually pee all over the place, but apparently Heard was willing to take it to the next level and become known for something that’s…well, pretty shitty. Now, if she did do it then she’s kind of earned her place in pop culture as the woman who literally shit the bed and expected someone else to lie in it.
Warner Bros. has been on blast as well.
The troubles haven’t really belonged to just Depp and Heard though, since Warner Bros. has been on blast since this mess started as well, since it wasn’t just Disney that decided to part ways with Depp when it came to Pirates of the Caribbean, but Warner Bros. decided to cut Depp out of the Fantastic Beasts third movie as well. The funny thing about this is that Depp is still going to get a payday since like it or not, they still have to pay Depp an eight-figure sum thanks to the fact that he managed to film one scene before he was cut from the movie. One can’t help but think that Warner Bros. should have taken the risk and just kept him on since like it or not, the kind of money they’re going to have to pay him for just one scene is a monumental joke, and Warner Bros. kind of has to take it in stride.
She didn’t plagiarize, but it definitely felt that Heard was putting on an act.
Was her acting really that bad? That kind of depends, are you talking about her movies or her courtroom appearance? Again, if you’re offended…meh, deal with it. The idea here is that Heard was less than convincing and Depp, well, Depp was interrupted time and again, and felt like he wasn’t all there for the trial at some points. In fact, it felt as though his being there was kind of a formality at times since it didn’t appear that Heard’s lawyer wanted to hear much from him. Instead it was an exercise in over the top, emotionally-packed testimony that, to be fair, wasn’t exactly convincing and felt like it wasn’t even worthy of one of her paid performances. But hey, she didn’t plagiarize, that’s a plus. Right?
It’s not a foregone conclusion, but it’s possible.
It’s brutal to think of things this way, right? But the thing about this is that an actor can tank their career quick, fast, and in a hurry. If Heard’s PR team is good enough they can possibly pull her shapely butt out of fire that she’s found herself in, but it could be that this will be the beginning of the end, or not. Does it really matter? Amber Heard might still have a career after this, but to be fair, thinking of how many folks are still going to follow her is kind of tough, but not impossible. Stating the obvious, that folks in Hollywood can spin anything and make themselves appear far more important than they actually are, kind of goes with the territory.
Out of all the things to be known for, this is one of the worst.
What a thing to be known for, right? Even if it’s disputed by Heard and many others, the fact is that once something is on the internet, it’s out there forever, or at least until people give up and forget about the matter. Of course, that can take a while, and if Heard’s reputation and career aren’t tarnished enough by now, one can imagine that this rumor is going to be something that will end up haunting her for a while. Does she deserve this kind of reputation? That’s kind of tough to answer to be fair. The best I can say at this time is that Heard didn’t exactly convince a lot of people that she was worth believing.
WTR? (Why’s That Radass?)
One way or another, no matter how much people believe in Heard or Depp, this mess of a trial is over, and thank goodness for that. Folks aren’t bound to stop talking about it for a while, but oh well. This slice of crispy-fried madness is over…for now.