Nobody is safe from so-called “cancel culture,” bluntly claimed actor Johnny Depp on Wednesday at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where he was set to accept the festival’s highest prize for his nearly 40-year career on film. Because of the internet’s expanding popularity, trends have taken over all aspects of our life, particularly our opinions. As a result, we frequently adopt a herd mentality and endorse the most famous views despite lacking evidence, giving rise to the digital phenomena known as to cancel culture.
According to Hollywood star Johnny Depp, nobody is safeguarding today’s “immediate rush judgment,” who won a lifetime achievement award on Wednesday at a Spanish film festival. Depp was answering questions from journalists at the San Sebastián film festival in northern Spain, where he had previously lost a libel case against a British publication for calling him a “wife-beater.”
Johnny Depp Stance on #metoo
He hinted that things had gotten out of hand in what appeared to be a reference to the #MeToo movement, which has focused on sexual harassment and assault of women by powerful men. He said that he is sure the many movements that arose had the best of intentions, but it’s gotten so out of hand now that he can assure you that no one is safe. He also slammed “this cancel culture” and “this rapid rush to judgment based on essentially what amounts to inhaled dirty air.”
During a press conference before his Donostia Awards luncheon at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Johnny Depp was only supposed to be asked questions about his work. On the other hand, Depp did not hold back in response to one journalist’s daring attempt to dissect the actor’s ideas on so-called “cancel culture” and how social media may affect public figures.
He shifted a bit, conveying that, in his opinion, “It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe.” He trailed off again, perhaps hunting for the appropriate words. Not a single one of you. Nobody… as long as someone is prepared to admit a single sentence. There is no more ground to cover with just one sentence. The rug has been yanked.”
The Turmoil Between Depp and his Wife
Depp and his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, are currently embroiled in the aftermath of a highly publicized divorce. Depp is presently suing Heard, his ex-wife, for writing an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 about her experience as a domestic abuse survivor. She didn’t identify Depp in the op-ed, but during their 2016 divorce, she suspected him of domestic violence. In November 2020, Depp lost a libel case in the United Kingdom against the publisher of The Sun, a British tabloid, which claimed in a 2018 article that he was a “wife abuser.” The words were found to be “basically true” by the judge. The actor didn’t just weep for himself in San Sebastian. “This hasn’t occurred to just me,” he continued, implying but not precisely admitting what had happened to him.
“It’s happened to several people,” says the narrator. It has happened to women, men, and children who have experienced various forms of unpleasantness and, unfortunately, have come to believe that it is normal.
No More Personal Questions for Depp
A reporter asked another question on Depp’s off-screen difficulties, but Depp quickly responded that he was just at the press conference to talk about his work and the Donostia Award he is getting in Spain. The question alluded to a protest by a group of Spanish female filmmakers, which began the day Depp’s festival accolade was announced. The journalist took a second chance to ask about Depp’s career, and the conference moved on.
After failing a domestic assault-related libel lawsuit, the actor decided to walk away from his position as Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, claiming that “no one is secure” from canceling society. Later, the Edward Scissorhands star admitted that he was “concerned” that his attendance at the festival may “offend people.” He also reaffirmed his innocence in the face of any accusations, saying, “I haven’t done anything; I just make movies.” After losing in the UK, Depp is still pursuing a libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard in the United States.
Cancel the cancel culture
Even though the concept of cancel culture is based on morals and positive social transformation, it has recently taken a more destructive turn. Nowadays, cancel culture affects the virtual person on the other side of the screen and the natural person on the other side of the screen, which is exceedingly dangerous in a society where public image is everything. Cancel culture nearly killed the critically renowned actor Johnny Depp. While the goals underlying canceled culture is admirable, the dire consequences far exceed the benefits.
“To cancel someone” is “to stop sponsoring them or their work,” according to Merriam-Webster. In essence, being canceled means losing an enormous number of internet users’ support. Though holding people accountable for their behavior is necessary, a wave of internet activists may easily develop into a vicious tsunami that can destroy a person’s life.