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The libel battle between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife led to a tsunami of online content during the trial, most of it vilifying her…
Wagatha Christie certainly seems like a piffling, parochial sideshow by comparison.

Depp, who divorced Heard in 2017, is suing his former wife because of an article she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, suggesting he behaved abusively towards her

@PollyVernon writes
There was live streaming, a multitude of memes, and a #justiceforjohnny hashtag.

Compilation clips called things such as “Amber Heard’s team get wrecked in the most hilarious way by this witness” circulated and “Don’t be An Amber” T-shirts were produced Heard and Depp in court
Depp has for decades enjoyed the support of an infamously virulent fan base, The “Deppford wives”.

However, anti-Heard sentiment extends far beyond the limits of that cohort
The creation of the memes, the merchandise, and the way the case has been consumed as a form of entertainment, plus the victim-blaming and diminishing of the problem of domestic abuse — the majority of people seem convinced that Heard is the baddie in this drama
They have damned the way in which she cried on the witness stand as not merely unconvincing, but further proof of her inferior acting skills, ie solid evidence that she married Depp to benefit her career because she clearly can’t rely on talent to win her roles Before she dated Depp Heard was in a relationship with the a
They have revelled in the accusation that she once defecated on the bed she and Depp shared — something she denied — calling her “Amber Turd”.

They have rejoiced in the knowledge a petition to have her edited out of Aquaman 2, reached nearly three million signatures
“She is every fake, manipulative woman you’ve ever met in your life in one person,” one (female) friend tells me.

“She’s the proof #MeToo went too far,” says another (also female). “It’s because of her legitimate victims of domestic violence aren’t believed”
Now, I am not in the business of defending Heard.

I think her treatment is dubious, that we the public have form on siding with a man over a woman. But mainly my feeling on this case is: I wasn’t there, I don’t know them — I don’t know
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