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Opinion: "Johnny Depp's Win Was A Win For All Men"
Opinion|Jul 21, 2022

Opinion: "Johnny Depp's Win Was A Win For All Men"

He's No Angel, But At Least He's Been Honest About His Demons, Writes Corrine Barraclough.
Corrine Barraclough

The majority of people who have chosen to speak up in support of Johnny Depp throughout his toxic, bitter breakup with ex-wife Amber Heard aren’t under any illusion that he’s an angel. He has a long-standing reputation for hard drinking and partying, and he’s been honest about battling gnarly demons that have haunted him after a challenging childhood. 

By contrast, Heard chose to go hard with ridiculous allegations and continue to pretend she was the victim even as her case fell apart. 

After the six-week defamation trial that gripped the whole world came to a close, cheers for Depp were impressively loud when the jury found Heard had acted with malice when she wrote a 2018 Washington Post opinion piece about being abused. That piece didn’t name Depp, but his team argued it indirectly referred to allegations Heard made against him in 2016 when the couple divorced and she was granted a temporary restraining order after showing up to a California court with bruises on her face, claiming Depp had thrown a phone at her. 

After the verdict, Depp thanked the jury saying they “gave me my life back”. He wasn’t talking about the US$10.35 million in damages he was awarded; he was talking about his reputation and peace of mind. 

Depp said he chose to fight the case for the sake of his children, even knowing that events would go public that didn’t paint him in a good light. 

He said he helped his ex win the biggest role of her career in Aquaman, but added he later warned the studio about her when he knew things were “going to end up ugly” after their split. 

She’s the ex many men have had; the dramatic, chaotic, absolute nightmare of a bitch who thinks nothing of leaving a blaze of destruction as she struts out of the house threatening to get even. Sadly, many men have endured such abusive relationships and have faced malicious allegations. 

Depp’s win was a win for men all around the globe; it will encourage other men to speak up about domestic violence and unhinged women

At the end of the trial, Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez told the jury, “This is a woman who burns bridges. Her close friends don’t show up for her. 

You may have noticed that no one showed up for Ms. Heard in this courtroom other than her sister… every other witness who travelled to Virginia for her was a paid expert.”

But there’s still a queue of angry feminists keen to fling mud at Depp. The founder of the #MeToo movement said the trial had been a “toxic catastrophe”, as if that was all Johnny Depp’s fault. 

In truth, Heard never represented all women, she represented the worst of women who falsely blame men. 

Depp’s win was a win for men all around the globe; it will encourage other men to speak up about domestic violence and unhinged women. His win was a score for true equality and for all who believe in it. 

Now, Depp steadies himself to restart his career. First, he album with British guitarist Jeff Beck (out in July). The pair previously released a single together in 2020. 

At the show in England, Depp bowed during Beck’s announcement. He said he met Beck five years ago and they’ve “never stopped laughing since”. 

To see him turning to music is not a total surprise; although Depp’s best known as an actor, he actually dropped out of school to become a musician. He played in a short-lived rock band P, which sometimes featured performers from Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Sex Pistols. In 2015, he formed Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. 

“The best is yet to come and a new chapter has finally begun,” said Depp in his statement after the verdict. 

Bring. It. On.