Johnny Depp says “no one is safe” from Cancel Culture & asks fans to “stand up” against “injustice”
It has been quite a few difficult years for Johnny Depp ever since his abusive marriage with Amber Heard went public. Since then, Depp has been at the center of controversy. Moreover, after losing his libel case against The Sun, who called him a “wife-beater,” things went further south. Many fans call Depp a “victim” of Cancel Culture gone wrong. Now, the actor himself has come out and said is a victim of cancel culture and that “no one is safe” from the movement. Furthermore, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor (who played Jack Sparrow) is asking for his fans to “stand up” for people facing “injustice”.
Johnny Depp launches a polemic against Cancel Culture
Johnny Depp appeared at this year’s San Sebastian Festival to accept his honorary Donostia Award. Ahead of receiving the award, Depp said in a press conference:
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 further continued, saying that no one is safe from Cancel Culture. He explained how it merely takes one sentence to condemn someone’s entire life, continuing:
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. Sadly at a certain point, they begin to think that it’s normal. Or that it’s them. When it’s not.
Moreover, Johnny Depp also probably referenced his lost libel case with the British newspaper, as he continued:
It doesn’t matter if a judgment, 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.
Since the libel case, Johnny Depp has lost a number of roles. This includes Warner Bros dropping Depp from its Fantastic Beasts franchise. As a result, he sued Amber Heard with a $50 million defamation lawsuit, to which Heard has counter-sued Depp for $100 million.
The actor thanked the festival for their support
In an industry that is ostracizing Johnny Depp, he was very thankful to the San Sebastian festival and director Jose Luis Rebordinos for their “undying support”. He thanked them for “not buying what has been, for far too long, some notion of me that doesn’t exist,” reiterating that he hadn’t “done anything”. Moreover, Depp also commented on the state of Hollywood, saying:
Hollywood is certainly not what it was. 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.
Johnny Depp further continued, commenting on the negative role of giant corporations and studios in the industry:
They realize they’re just as disposable as I am. Some more so. Large, large corporations take control of these things. As someone who takes part in the creation of cinema, how much more formula do we need from the likes of studios? How much more condescension do we need as audiences? I think that Hollywood has grotesquely underestimated the audience.
It is quite evident that Johnny Depp’s reputation has taken a hit, but he still has some fans especially on the European continent. As far as the UK and the US are concerned, he still has an uphill challenge from rescuing his image.