The trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: the forgiveness of men shows that he has already won

Johnny Depp has one huge advantage over Amber Heard, and if he doesn’t win the lawsuit, chances are he’ll win outright.

The trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continues. Since the lawsuit began, the internet has been inundated with footage from the lawsuit, and the issue has essentially become a chit-chat. Everyone has their own opinion and side.

Heard’s ex-husband Johnny Depp is currently suing the actress for US$50 million (AU$70 million) in 2018. Washington Post an article in which she wrote about being a victim of domestic violence. She did not name Depp in the article, but he maintains that the allegations are clearly directed against him.

As the Depp-Heard debate rages online, I’m getting increasingly uncomfortable with how comfortable everyone else is giving Johnny Depp the benefit of the doubt.

To be honest with ourselves, the world has a very long history of forgiving men for terrible behavior. Society likes to believe that men can and will do better even when they make mistakes.

I mean, stand-up comedian Louis C.K. won a Grammy this year for his comedy album, even though it was “cancelled” in 2017 due to reports that he sexually harassed would-be female comedians.

If that wasn’t proof enough that we forgive men, look at singer Chris Brown who physically assaulted his girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. After Rihanna was given a black eye, he released several studio albums and achieved great success.

He even collaborated with Justin Bieber.

My point is that we forgive men and give them room to grow.

So the fact that the entire internet seems to be on Depp’s side isn’t entirely surprising. That’s why you’ll see Depp’s TikTok visiting kids in the hospital. You’ll see love quotes from Depp’s ex-girlfriends used almost as an alibi against Heard’s accusations, and you’ll hear about what a great guy Depp is.

There’s a TikTok dedicated to how handsome he looks in court, and the hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp, which has gone viral.

It doesn’t matter if he wrote text messages saying he wanted to “burn” Heard, or there is video evidence that he had physical tantrums. It feels like everyone is ready to ignore it and just focus on the good things he did, and everything would be fine if the same kindness was bestowed on Heard.

You see, while Depp enjoys the benefit of the doubt, Heard is being bullied and bullied online. There is a petition for Heard to be expelled from Aquaman 2 and replaced by Blake Lively. You’ll also notice that it’s hard to find anything nice or good about Heard on the internet.

The former co-stars are suspiciously silent, no one mentions her charity work, and it seems that, at least on the Internet, there is not the slightest evidence that she is a fully realized person.

I understand that it would be easy to decide that the Internet is on Depp’s side, because he is right and Hurd is wrong.

But during this trial, enough evidence was found to at least let us know that Depp did not behave well, but everyone is ready to forgive him. How can there be an online hashtag demanding justice for Depp when he joked about Heard being raped?

You might argue that this case has also produced evidence that casts Heard in a bad light. There are records in which she said unpleasant things to Depp, for example, she called him “old”. But why are we so reluctant to give her the benefit of the doubt? Why did we decide that her worst behavior is who she is and Depp’s worst behavior was a mistake?

If they’ve both done and said terrible things, why are we so willing to forgive Depp? And then they began to punish Hurd like that? I would say because we love to punish women and forgive men.

Mary Madigan is a freelance writer.

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