You may have noticed a growing left/right polarity to the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp trial circus currently occupying every available news slot. Conservatives are now mostly on Johnny Depp's side, while progressives stand with Amber Heard and millions of abused women like her.
And while I had tried to keep this trial at arm's length – it's clearly being crammed down our throats for media ratings – I've noticed a reinvigoration of the online incel-sphere, especially inside misogynist and white nationalist deepwebs like 4chan. The media's relentless pushing of the trial for profit has emboldened vile online abusers, who are now echoing libels against Amber Heard as a proxy for all abused women.
It's time for us to speak up and turn the momentum of the court of public opinion back against alleged women abuser Johnny Depp. The facts, all considered, are on Amber Heard's side. Here are the 10 main reasons we stand with her.
There is a long history of abusers suing their accusers for defamation
Women who speak out about their abuse are often re-victimized by defamation suits or other legal or societal blowback, and even the United Nations has taken note of this phenom.
According to The Hill, a 2018 United Nations report found that women who spoke out about their abuse online "are frequently and increasingly threatened with legal proceedings, such as defamation" – and says the behavior is indeed a pattern of domestic violence.
Multiple courts have already ruled that Depp did in fact assault Amber
In November 2020, the High Court of Justice ruled that 12 of the 14 incidents of violence claimed by Heard were "substantially true." Following a three week appeals trial in 2021, Johnny Depp lost his attempt to overturn the damning high court ruling.
Algorithmic suppression of Amber Heard, and boosting of Johnny Depp
On TikTok, evidence has been discovered of the algorithm suppressing Amber Heard and boosting Johnny Depp. The hashtag #amberheardisinnocent has a paltry 684,000 views – even a mildly viral yawn from a third rate nobody baby can easily quadruple this figure.
Contrast this to the hashtag #johnnydeppisinnocent, which has 1.4 billion views. Do you really believe that Amber Heard fans can only scrounge up 684k views in the most publicized trial of all time? Do you really believe TikTok, which has been caught admitting it suppressed videos by Disabled, Queer, and Fat creators, isn't capable of such manipulation?
Wait a second – we don't have to speculate or guess! The Chinese Communist Party owned app has admitted it suppressed view counts of progressive videos like those supporting #BlackLivesMatter and George Floyd.
Johnny Depp's violent outbursts have been caught on tape
Johnny Depp has a long and documented history of drugs and alcohol abuse, and a hidden camera has shown that he does indeed become a commiter of domestic violence when under these toxic influences. Depp has not denied the veracity of this bombshell tape.
Scientists testify Johnny Depp assaulted Amber Heard in vile ways
Psychologist Dawn Hughes on Tuesday testified in court that Amber Heard suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from violence, including multiple acts of sexual assault. The assaults included being forced to perform oral sex and having Depp penetrate her with a liquor bottle.
We believe in science and especially in scientists and professionals willing to put their reputation and careers on the line in court, where false testimony is punished with perjury charges.
Amber Heard's terrified reaction when Johnny Depp approached her in court
This is difficult to watch for people who are familiar with battered and abused women.
#TeamDepp is starting to look like GamerGate 2.0: an online misogynistic harassment mob
The misogynist trolls of #TeamDepp reacted to Hughes' testimony by, of course, flooding her WebMD with negative reviews.
As well, VICE has noted that comments on the livestream of the trial almost exclusively refer to Amber Heard in an abusive tone – as a monster, a Karen, a gold digger, "Amber Turd," and manipulative. These are all GamerGate-ish slurs used to abuse female video game journalists during the global harassment campaign that sullied the year 2014.
The horrific darkweb forum 4chan is overrun by something called "logposting" – posting images of fecal matter that they pretend is Amber's. Some online abusers go even further and take the rampant misogyny to its natural genocidal conclusion. "He could have killed you, he had every right," one viral TikTok says, confirming that the Venn diagram of GamerGaters, alt-righters, and Johnny Depp apologists is starting to look like a perfect circle.
Progressive voices are coming out for Amber Heard
Progressives, in the end, are always on the right side of history – and after watching the trial they are now coming out for Amber Heard and speaking out against the abuse she is suffering.
Amber Heard's defecation incident, if not done by her dog, proves she was under intense stress and anxiety
The connection between our brains and bowels has long been known, as has the link between involuntary defecation and stressful emotions like anxiety and extreme fear. Amber Heard defecating in their bed during times of alleged abuse is proof of the scientific type that she was suffering intense emotions of fright and anxiety at the time.
If Amber Heard is a manipulator, what would she have to gain from this embarrassing poop, which Johnny Depp promptly took a photo of to further abuse her, this time with ridicule from their circle of friends and even the public? It could only have worked against her in the court of opinion as well as for her mental well-being.
Corporations have turned the trial into a circus for clicks and $$$, necessitating a villain – Amber
People are being deliberately turned against Amber Heard by media outlets to fuel the pro wrestling type entertainment aspect of the trial. Being an actor, there are thousands of images floating around of Amber Heard taking on all kinds of roles and donning all kinds of looks. Inundating the public with "villain" type images of Amber is one of the crudest psychological tricks known to propaganda, and was used to great effect by the nazis with their caricatures of Jewish people.
"There seems to be this entertainment angle that is minimizing what happened in that relationship," Ruth Glenn, CEO and president of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, told The Hill.
"When we begin to put on a show like we have with this it becomes more of entertainment. And by having it brought this way to the general public we're allowing for assumptions and conclusions and things that don’t allow for us to really dig into the dynamics of domestic violence."
The power dynamic was entirely on Depp's side
Abusive relationships are characterized by a power dynamic, and that power dynamic was entirely on Depp's side. When Depp and Heard started dating, he
- was over twice Amber's age,
- had much more life experience,
- had much more power in their industry,
- was far wealthier,
- was physically stronger,
- owned the properties where she lived,
- had millions of adoring fans and asskissing journalists,
- was the employer of most of the people they interacted with daily, and
- controlled her work opportunities.
Believe All Women
We don't get to toss out a well established feminist principle just because huge corporations need to make money from a contentious trial. We have saved the strongest evidence for last: Amber Heard's own heartbreaking testimony.
If you can watch this without bawling your eyes out, you are a monster with a heart of stone.