Speaking at the Sebastion Film Festival in Spain, the 58-year-old said that the rush to judgment is ruining people’s lives.
It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture, this instant rush to judgment based on what essentially amounts to polluted air.
It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe. It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled. It’s not just me that this has happened to, it’s happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men. Children have suffered from various types of unpleasantries. Sadly at a certain point, they begin to think that it’s normal. Or that it’s them. When it’s not.”Johnny Depp, San Sebastian Film Festival award speech
Depp seemed to be referencing his high-profile divorce from actress Amber Heard, and his libel case against The Sun newspaper. The British tabloid called Depp a “wife beater,” and he sued. But the Brtish court ruled in favor of the newspaper, Variety reported at the time. Depp denies the accusation.
Warner Bros dropped Johnny Depp from the Fantastic Beasts franchise after the ruling.
Depp touched on the verdict in his cancel culture screed. “It doesn’t matter if a judgment, per se, has taken some artistic license. When there’s an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in – stand up, don’t sit down. ‘Cause they need you.”
Several Comedians Also Rail Against Cancel Culture
Johnny Depp isn’t the only person who has a problem with public opinion trials. Several comedians say that cancel culture is killing comedy and making it impossible to be funny.
Whoopi Goldberg, a longtime comedian and host of The View, told Variety that truth doesn’t seem to matter anymore. People seem more interested in leveraging their online clout to force their opinions.
“Because there is cancel culture, people will call or text and say ‘I’m not buying your product. This is who you have talking about your product, me and my five million followers — if you keep her — we’re not going to buy your car, or we’re not going to buy your shampoo or we’re not going to buy your toothbrush or we’re not going to buy your Pampers.”
“I worry about my last standup set!” Spade, 57, told TMZ. “I try to do stuff that’s a little rough around the edges. That’s the whole idea. And then if someone picks it up I guess I just cross my fingers and say it’s under the guise of comedy. My whole life is. Like everything I say is basically for a joke. So, f— it.”