Hollywood star Johnny Depp has spoken out against “culture cancellation”, warning that the phenomenon has gone so far that anyone can have their life destroyed if an accuser is prepared to turn the mob against them.
“It’s so out of control now that I can promise you that no one is safe – none of you, no one outside this door.” Depp told reporters on Wednesday at the San Sebastian Spanish Film Festival, where he was to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. “No one is safe, as long as someone is willing to say a sentence.”
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star added that the consequences of a crop cancellation attack can be immense. “It takes a sentence, and then there is no more ground, the carpet has been drawn”, Depp said. “It wasn’t just me that it happened. It’s happened to a lot of people … Unfortunately at some point they start to think it’s normal, or it’s them, when it’s not.
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Depp’s own experience with culture cancellation included being forced to resign from Warner Bros.’s “Fantastic Beasts” franchise in 2020, after losing a libel lawsuit against the publisher of British newspaper The Sun, who called him “woman drummer” in an April 2018 article. He filed a $ 50 million libel claim against his ex-wife Amber Heard, claiming her abuse allegations against him were a hoax.
Apparently referring to his failed libel case, Depp said: “I believe if you’re armed with the truth, that’s all you need. It doesn’t matter if a judgment, in and of itself, has taken on some artistic license.
Although he was reportedly the highest-paid actor in the world in 2012, when he made $ 75 million, the 58-year-old actor said last month that he believed he was being boycotted by Hollywood. His latest film, ‘Minamata’, is yet to be released in the United States, possibly as part of the fallout from the abuse allegations against him.
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Depp said on Wednesday people should push back on canceling the crop. “When there is an injustice – whether it is against you or someone you love or someone you believe in – stand up, don’t sit down, for they need you.”
As for his disgrace in Hollywood, he said “It can be seen as an event in history that has lasted as long as it has lasted, this cancellation of culture, this instant rush to judgment based on what essentially amounts to polluted air.”
Depp also criticized the current state of Hollywood, saying he is “certainly not what it was.” He added, “How many more formulas do we need from studios like? How much more condescension as an audience do we need …? I think Hollywood grotesquely underestimated the public.
Despite his call to resist crowd cancellations, Depp conceded that he was concerned about his attendance at the San Sebastian Film Festival. “Would offend people”. He congratulated the officials of San Sebastian for “unwavering support” and not to buy “which has been, for too long … a notion of me that does not exist.
“I did not do anything” Depp continued. “I just make movies.”
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