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TikTok creators target Amber Heard with insulting memes amid Johnny Depp trial – National | Globalnews.ca

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In today’s internet culture, almost anything can be subject to entertainment, and the most famous domestic violence experience in recent memory is no exception.

After spending just a few minutes on TikTok — a platform often, though sometimes mistakenly, it has been advertised as a progressive, Generation Z-dominated space for activism and social justice — the algorithm might well start showing trending topics. For users like Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial.

However, social media users may be hard pressed to find content that supports Heard, despite the former couple claiming to be victims of intimate partner violence. In fact, it appears that the vast majority of the content about the trial posted on TikTok against Heard is hard.

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Since the beginning of this experiment last month, Depp’s supporters online have analyzed Heard’s body language, movements, and testimony with intense scrutiny. As of this writing, the TikTok tag #JusticeforJohnnyDepp has garnered 10.1 billion views – more than the tags #AmberHeard (8.4 billion views) and #JusticeforAmberHeard (37.2 million views) combined, although most of the videos in these tags are still anti-heard .

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According to Depp, Heard was a manipulative, abusive, and overly “ambitious” partner. He testified that she physically and mentally abused him, also claiming that she cut off his finger by throwing a glass bottle at his hand during an argument.

On the other hand, Heard claims that Depp was abusive throughout their relationship, and allegedly subjected her to physical violence on numerous occasions. Several text messages from Depp to fellow actor Paul Bettany were also read aloud in court, with Depp telling his friend that he wanted to drown, cremate and sexually mutilate Heard’s body.

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Since Heard’s testimony last week – in which her ex-husband has accused Depp of several instances of violence against her, including sexual assault where she claimed Depp penetrated her with a glass bottle – it has become the trend of TikTok to imitate, ridicule and question it. her claims.

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Several users posted videos of themselves syncing up with Heard’s testimonial. Others completely paraphrase, such as user @sansanjovs, who mocked Heard’s account at a time when Depp allegedly beat her up. The video got 2.1 million likes.

Other TikTok users used to represent Heard’s testimony entirely, apparently in an attempt to prove the futility of retelling it. (The audio used in the clip below has been cut and altered from @tomshipton, and sounds different chronologically from what Heard experienced.)

Some social media influencers with a large following have also taken public stances in favor of Depp, including Jessica Val Ortiz, who has 7.7 million followers.

Last week, Ortiz visited a courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, where the trial proceedings were taking place. She was holding a small “Go Johnny” sign as the actor left the courtroom in his car. She also photographed many gifts and messages that were thrown to Deeb through the window of his car.

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As Heard left the court in her car, Ortiz photographed the silence of the crowd. A woman can be heard describing Heard as “lying” and “narcissistic.”

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Perhaps the most vilified memeficate is Depp’s fans who are making baseless allegations about Heard, referring to the massive TikTok fans that Heard has used drugs on the platform, smuggled alcohol into the courtroom and pretended to cry over the photos. Each of the following videos has garnered more than 1.1 million likes.

Some Depp fans have also flexed their creative muscles to cash in on the international attention and court scene, all while insulting Heard and denying her allegations.

In the legal battle between the two stars, Heard, 36, and Depp, 58, try to prove that the other is the more toxic person. The initial lawsuit began when Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit over a Washington Post op-ed written by Heard in late 2018 about domestic violence.

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Heard did not mention Depp by name in the article, but the actor claims that his reputation and career are still “devastated” as a result.

Heard resists Depp for $100 million.

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2022-05-10 17:42:58

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