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Boiling this case down to a list of exes and allies who support Depp and/or don’t believe his ex-wife, Amber Heard, is anything but fair coverage.In an effort to report every facet of the story, Heard’s gruesome accusation that, “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me” has been buried under the victim-blaming rhetoric of Depp supporters, many of whom are literally on the movie star’s payroll.
Let’s talk about the myth of false allegations, and the fact that one in four women will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.But while lazy celebrity journalism isn’t a crime, it’s no laughing matter.A 2016 study of celebrity domestic violence cases found that media coverage regularly included “victim-blaming statements…You know how they approached me was that they really wanted to make this this love letter to the movies they watched when they were growing up. I did feel like it was a little bit of a struggle because when you achieve a lot of success when you’re that age, in your late teens and early 20s, it was then harder to play roles when I was a little bit older that I was the right age for.They’re in their mid-thirties, so they grew up with these films like Stand by Me, E. People just thought of me as this person from Reality Bites, or whatever.If Bill Cosby is the standard of culpability, then what chance does one woman stand against a Hollywood heavyweight, armed with a singular story of domestic abuse? The actress’s decision to share her story, which could have been a step forward for the widespread acknowledgment of this perpetually underreported crime, has only served to illustrate the perils of speaking up.
The icky rhetoric that surrounds this case could be found under the dictionary definition of victim-blaming.
And while Bill Cosby has finally been stripped of his Teflon reputation, it’s almost comical how high the victim count had to be, and how clearly the assaults had to fit into a textbook definition of rape, in order to get any sort of media traction.
It took decades as a serial rapist for Cosby to be tried in the court of public opinion, let alone found guilty—a rare example of a male celebrity paying any sort of price for assaulting a woman.
failed to contextualize domestic violence as larger social problem, and commonly portrayed domestic violence as a couple’s problem.” Additionally, “When reporting on white male celebrities, articles are 2.5 times more likely to make excuses for their behavior, suggesting there was mutual violence or pointing to drug addiction and inebriation as mitigating circumstances.” That means E!
News headlines like “Johnny Depp Never ‘Laid a Hand’ on Amber Heard While Sober” and “Why Amber Heard Finally Left Johnny Depp: ‘His Problems Got the Best of Him,’ Source Says.”While opinion pieces like Doug Stanhope’s paint Depp as the victim of false accusations, these articles allege that Depp fell victim to his own demons.
Relaying the stories of women like Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis conveys an undeserved assumption of innocence.