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Johnny Depp supporters unite for Women’s March after Depp pledged support for Amber Heard

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Johnny Depp supporters no longer even try to hide the fact that their attacks on his ex-wife Amber Heard are rooted more in misogyny than concern for male victims. His followers have flocked to try “cancel” the women’s march. after the organization expressed its support for Heard and other victims of domestic violence thread about men like “Andrew Tate, Johnny Depp, [and] Marilyn Manson” and the rampant online misogyny that has perpetuated it.

The thread, shared on Tuesday, detailed allegations of abuse against Tate, a former professional boxer, reality show star and current viral TikTok influencer, including footage of him punching a woman. The Women’s March also revealed the onslaught of sexist harassment inspired by Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Heard and the actor‘s close friendship with Manson, who is also been accused from domestic violence. “Sexism and misogyny are the reasons why so many online believe Johnny Depp – not his victim Amber Heard – despite ALL the evidence of his abuse,” the Women’s March account tweeted. “These are the reasons fans of Depp and his pal Marilyn Manson turned to harass Evan Rachel Wood as soon as the Depp trial ended, although Wood’s abuse at Manson’s hands is also well documented.”

It concluded: “If society sees abused women as backstabbing bitches rather than victims and survivors, then that is rape culture and misogyny at work. If women with the privilege and resources of Amber Heard & Evan Rachel Wood cannot be believed, there is not much hope for the rest of us.”

In the days since, the thread has been bombarded with replies accusing the Women’s March of not really watching the trial and repeating that “Amber Heard is the perpetrator,” among other predictable vulgarities. As of Thursday, her hashtag #ShutDownWomensMarch has continued to trend as pro-depp users accuse the organization of being run by “feminazis” and supporting “false allegations against men.” In other words, the reaction was pretty much in line with the message Depp’s camp has been pushing so far: that they are the true supporters of the survivors; that Heard and Depp’s relationship was either “mutually abusive” or something she was the only perpetrator; and the real feminists support Deppher “sacrifice.”

“Our tweet thread was about what happens to women when they stand up to abuse and power. The attacks on us for this are a live demonstration of what we said,” Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, said in a statement to Jezebel.

The thread comes months after the verdict in the defamation trial fell in Depp’s favour, and yet Depp’s supporters remain motivated to attack anyone who speaks out for Heard.

Michele Dauber, a Stanford professor who organized against the judge who sentenced Stanford rapist Brock Turner to just six months in prison and has been vocal against Depp, isn’t surprised by any of this. She’s faced the brunt of online harassment from Depp followers herself.

“Not surprisingly, they are now attacking a national women’s rights organization like Women’s March because their goal is to discourage survivors from speaking up and otherwise discouraging others from supporting survivors,” Dauber told Jezebel. She called on “all feminist organizations to make statements now in support of Amber Heard and to call out to Twitter, YouTube and other platforms Stop the monetization of targeted hate to survivors currently benefiting from their products.”

Shauna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of the national feminist organization Ultraviolet, said United States today that she faced “an incredible amount” of attacks from Depp’s side for her support of Heard during the trial. “The latent sexism that actually existed in society was tapped and weaponized, and it was allowed and amplified by social media platforms.” Ultraviolet research found that a third of women under the age of 35 and 70% of LGBTQ adults report being harassed online, and 61% of women compared to 48% of men characterize online harassment as a “major problem”.

Last month a Bot Sentinel report documented harassing people who support Heard online. The report found that one in five accounts that used the hashtags #AmberHeardIsAnAbuser, #AmberHeardLsAnAbuser, #AmberHeardIsALiar, and #AmberHeardLsALiar were “committed to spamming,” and those supporting Heard were “relentlessly attacked.” The report found that Twitter “has not done enough to curb the platform’s manipulation and has done very little to stop the abuse and targeted harassment.”

The online attacks don’t only coming from hordes of online sexist randos: they were fueled by a significant ad buying from The Daily Caller and major PR direction from a former Trump communications staffer.

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Throughout the trial, Heard and her legal team presented credible evidence that Depp had abused and sexually assaulted her. End of July, unsealed court documents confirmed that photos and audio submitted by Depp’s team had been tampered with and that his attorneys’ initial strategy was to use nude photos of Heard against them. Texts from Depp and his assistant corroborated Heard’s claim that he kicked and punched her on a private plane in front of his coworkers in 2014; The documents even show that Depp testified that Heard never harmed him.

Throughout the May trial, Depp’s legal team won public opinion in court by saying Heard’s responses to Depp’s abuse were “mutual abuse,” citing questionable sources Heard’s mental health framing her as “insane” and implicitly shaming Heard as a slut by fixating on one extramarital affair which she denied. The mostly male jury ruled in favor of Depp, ordering Heard to pay $15 million to a man she claimed nearly killed her.

Since the trial, Depp has been embraced as Men’s Rights Hero and celebrated for defeating Heard as the surrogate for all lying, scheming women and the me-too movement. As much as its supporters may cling to the lie that they are actually supporting survivors by siding with a male “victim” like Depp, the attacks on the Women’s March speak for themselves: their movement has always been a reactionary, fundamentally anti-feminist movement . The mask is completely off.

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Andrew Schnitker

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