Johnny Depp Says “No One Is Safe” From Culture Cancellation


No one is immune to the “instant rush to judgment” imposed by today’s cancellation culture, Hollywood star Johnny Depp said on Wednesday at a Spanish film festival he accepted a prize for all of his achievements.

Depp, who last year lost a defamation case against a British newspaper which called him a “woman’s drummer”, was answering questions from reporters at the San Sebastian film festival in northern Spain.

In what appeared to be a reference to the #Metoo movement that has targeted sexual harassment and assault on women by powerful men, he suggested things had gotten out of hand.

“The different movements that came out, I’m sure with the best of intentions – but it’s so out of control now that I can promise you no one is safe,” he said.

He also lambasted “this culture of cancellation or this instant rush to judgment based essentially on what amounts to polluted air that is exhaled.”

The three-time Oscar nominee has sued the publisher of The Sun, a British tabloid, for claiming to have been violent towards his ex-wife Amber Heard during their unstable two-year marriage.

But the grim details of his private life that emerged during the 16-day libel lawsuit – and the fact that he ultimately lost the case – took a toll on his reputation.

Following the trial, Depp said he was asked to step down from his role in the “Fantastic Beasts” film franchise based on the book by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Women’s rights groups and some women in the film industry criticized the festival’s decision to present Depp with his Donostia Prize, which he awarded “in recognition of his career”.

Depp, who continues to deny being violent towards Heard, told reporters: “No one safe, but I think if you are armed with the truth, this is what you need.”

The 58-year-old was also critical of the current state of mainstream American cinema. “How much more condescension as an audience do we need?

“I’ve been saying this for a long time, Hollywood grotesquely underestimated audiences.”

Past recipients of the Donostia Award – the festival’s highest honor which bears the name of the Basque word for the coastal city of San Sebastian – include actors Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Ian McKellen and Robert De Niro.

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