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In right this moment’s on-line tradition, virtually something might be topic to memeification, and essentially the most excessive-profile home violence trial in latest reminiscence is not any exception.
After only some minutes spent on TikTok — a platform typically, although generally mistakenly, heralded as being a progressive, Gen Z-dominated house for activism and social justice — the algorithm could very properly begin exhibiting customers trending matters just like the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial.
Nevertheless, social media customers could also be onerous-pressed to seek out content material in assist of Heard, regardless of the ex-spouses each claiming to be victims of intimate accomplice violence. In actual fact, the overwhelming majority of content material in regards to the trial posted on TikTok seems to be vehemently towards Heard.
For the reason that very begin of this trial final month, Depp supporters on-line have analyzed Heard’s physique language, actions and testimony with intense scrutiny. As of this writing, the TikTok tag #JusticeforJohnnyDepp has a whopping 10.1 billion views — greater than the tags #AmberHeard (8.4 billion views) and #JusticeforAmberHeard (37.2 million views) mixed, although many of the movies in these tags are nonetheless anti-Heard.
Based on Depp, Heard was a manipulative, abusive and overly “formidable” accomplice. He testified she abused him bodily and mentally, additionally claiming she severed his finger by throwing a glass bottle at his hand throughout an argument.
Heard, alternatively, claims Depp was the abusive one all through their relationship, allegedly subjecting her to bodily violence on quite a few events. A number of textual content messages from Depp to fellow actor Paul Bettany had been additionally learn aloud in courtroom, during which Depp tells his pal he needs to drown, burn and sexually defile Heard’s corpse.
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Since Heard’s testimony final week — the place she accused ex-husband Depp of a number of graphic situations of violence towards her, together with a sexual assault the place she alleged Depp penetrated her with a glass bottle — it’s turn out to be a TikTok pattern to imitate, mock and forged doubt on her claims.
A number of customers posted movies of themselves lip-syncing over Heard’s testimony. Others paraphrase solely, like person @sansanjovs, who ridiculed Heard’s account of a time when Depp allegedly hit her. The video has 2.1 million likes.
Different TikTok customers have taken to performing out Heard’s testimony solely, seemingly in an try to show the unfeasibility of her recounting. (The audio used within the beneath clip from @tomshipton has been lower and altered, showing chronologically completely different from what Heard testified.)
Some social media influencers with large followings have additionally taken very public pro-Depp stances, together with Jessica Val Ortiz, who has 7.7 million followers.
Final week, Ortiz visited the courthouse in Fairfax, Va., the place trial proceedings had been being held. She held a small “Go Johnny” signal because the actor left the courthouse in his car. She additionally filmed a number of presents and letters being thrown to Depp by way of the window of his automobile.
When Heard left the courthouse in her car, Ortiz filmed the group’s silence. One girl might be heard calling Heard “mendacity” and “narcissistic.”
Maybe essentially the most vilifying memeificaton, although, is Depp followers who put up unsubstantiated claims about Heard, alluding to large TikTok audiences Heard has finished medicine on the stand, smuggled alcohol into the courtroom and posed for crying images. Every of the next movies have greater than 1.1 million likes.
Some Depp followers have additionally flexed their artistic muscular tissues to capitalize on the worldwide curiosity and spectacle of the trial, all whereas demeaning Heard and denying her allegations.
Within the authorized battle between the 2 stars, each Heard, 36, and Depp, 58, are out to show the opposite because the extra poisonous particular person. The preliminary courtroom case started when Depp filed a US$50-million defamation lawsuit over a Washington Submit op-ed penned by Heard in late 2018 about home abuse.
Heard didn’t point out Depp by title in the article, however the actor alleges his popularity and profession had been nonetheless “devastated” in consequence.
Heard is countersuing Depp for $100 million.
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