A few weeks back we shared the news that Johnny Depp was set to receive a lifetime achievement award from a local film festival in the San Sebastian region of Spain. Depp’s presence at the event sparked an uproar from Spanish female filmmakers that threatened to boycott the event. The threat did not deter the event organizers from going on ahead with their plan to present the award to Depp. He also had no problem showing up at the event despite not being all too welcomed by some locals. While at a press conference Wednesday before receiving the award he took the time to give out a warning to everyone about cancel culture.
No One Is Safe
When talking to reporters at the film festival Depp got out ahead of them and deliberately discussed some of the issues that he finds himself in. He knew the questions about his messy divorce from Amber Heard were coming. So he basically just started giving out free bits of wisdom to anyone who would listen. For example, he mentioned,
“It’s a very complex situation, this cancel culture or this instant rush to judgment based on essentially what amounts to polluted air,”
Taking A Stab At The #MeToo Movement
That idea of a rush to judgment has actually been pretty clear in Depp’s case. When news first broke about a potential divorce between himself and his former wife, and rumors started circling that he had gotten physical with her public opinion completely turned on Depp. These days the debate about whether or not Johnny is a bad person has split down the middle. He seems to think this is all a case of movements like #MeToo going rouge saying,
“The various movements that came out, I’m sure with the best of intentions – however, 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,”
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A Poster Child For Cancel Culture Gone Wrong
Depp seems to be comfortable in his new role of the poster child for “cancel culture gone wrong”. At least he thinks that cancel culture has got it wrong with him. The situation between him and his former wife though is so complex it’s really hard to pick a side! If you think that you’re safe from cancel culture though Johnny urges you to think again. In another statement where he essentially gives voice to the people who may have been unjustifiably “canceled” Johnny mentions,
“It’s not just me that it’s happened to. It’s happened to a lot of people: women, men, children have suffered from various types of unpleasantries that sadly at a certain point they begin to think it’s normal, that it’s them. It’s not,”
Still Blacklisted From Hollywood
At this point, it just seems like we really have no idea what to do with Johnny Depp. Even the Spanish female filmmakers that opposed the idea that he be granted the lifetime achievement award accepted that Johnny’s situation was complex. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, though he still finds himself on the naughty list, and it doesn’t seem he’ll be removed any time soon. His newest film Minamata has yet to see the green light to air in US theaters. Something that probably won’t change. At least not in the near future.
johnny depp promoting minamata we love to see it pic.twitter.com/fVWIQRyc3B
— b ✧⡱ (@j0hnnycdpp) September 18, 2021