Johnny Depp laments cancel culture in a scarf-covered word salad
23rd September 2021

Here are some photos of Johnny Depp at the photocall for the San Sebastian Film Festival, which is giving him the Donostia Award, an equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. For the photocall, as you can see, Depp was in his full scarf-poseur glory One ratty t-shirt, under a ratty flannel, under an ‘80s style suede and cloth jacket. With a skinny mini scarf wrapped around his neck and an extra scarf in his back pocket for scarf vibes. His pants have zippers on the cuffs and his boots have seen better days. He’s also wearing two hats. All of this on a man who has made hundreds of millions of dollars in his adult life, but pissed it all away on drugs, being an abusive monster, private islands and booze.

While Depp is being honored, he’s still in the process of financially and emotionally abusing his ex-wife Amber Heard. He already lost one lawsuit (against The Sun) and at some point, his lawsuit against Heard will begin here in the U.S. He’s persona non grata in Hollywood at this point, and it’s entirely his own doing. But to hear him talk about it, he is yet another white man being crushed by cancel culture.

Johnny Depp was only meant to be asked questions relating to his career during a press conference preceding his Donostia Awards reception at the San Sebastian Film Festival. But in response to one journalist’s bold attempt to parse the actor’s thoughts on so-called “cancel culture” and how social media can affect public figures, Depp did not hold back. Depp declared it was a “complex situation” because it “can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture or this instant rush to judgement based on essentially what amounts to polluted air that is…,” he let out a gust of breath, “exhaled.”

On whether or not he feels safe in such an interconnected world, Depp replied that: “Yeah, I do,” followed by several false starts before contradicting himself. “The various movements that came out with, I’m sure the best of intentions…” Trailing off again while, presumably, looking for the right words, he shifted a bit, expressing that in his opinion, “It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. Not one of you… as long as someone is willing to say one sentence. It takes just one sentence and there is no more ground. The carpet has been pulled.”

In San Sebastian, the actor didn’t only lament for himself. “It’s not just me this has happened to,” he said, alluding to but not directly stating what it was that happened to him. “It’s happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men and children who have suffered from various types of unpleasantries and they sadly, at a certain point, begin to think that it’s normal. I believe that if you are armed with the truth, then that’s all you need,” he continued. “It doesn’t matter if a judgement…has taken some artistic license,” he chuckled, perhaps referencing his unsuccessful bid to overturn a judge’s ruling in his U.K. libel case.

Finishing his answer, he pleaded with the assembled press and those watching online, “When there is an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in, stand up, don’t sit down. Don’t sit down on ’em, they need you.”

[From Variety]

The last gasp of the abuser, positioning himself as the biggest victim, a victim of… something. Something vague and disastrous. Something which could strike anyone, at any time. Just one look, and suddenly someone finds themselves in the hellish depths of cancellation, only able to claw their way back to receive a dumb award at a sunny film festival. Anyway, Johnny Depp is clearly stupid and he’s clearly an abusive pile of scarves. I hope he rots.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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