As you have likely heard, the case pitting once husband and wife, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, against each other is now officially over. Heard lost and, as such, has been punished by having to pay Depp some $10 million in damages and another $5 million in punitive damages for his civil suit. Now, Heard did file a countersuit, for which she was awarded $2 million.
But that’s not really a win for her, is it? Not by a long shot.
However, her loss isn’t just about the money or really even about her specifically anymore. Instead, experts say it could also be the end of the entire #MeToo movement.
How could that be?
Well, as it turns out when you falsely use a movement such as that to claim untruths, it tends to end badly.
And that’s certainly what Amber Heard did.
If you weren’t aware, that’s how this whole issue between Depp and Heard began. In a 2018 Op-Ed put out by The Washington Post, Heard claimed she was a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Basically, she alleged that Johnny Depp was abusing her.
Now, the #MeToo movement insists that women who claim such things are to be heard and believed for the most part. You might remember its start back in 2006 when an advocate for women in New York, Tarana Burke, coined the #MeToo and began using it as a way to empower sexually abused women, let their often-silenced voices be heard, and get justice for them.
Basically, it was a way for these women to know that they are not alone, that, unfortunately, thousands of other women have suffered the same tragedies and that by standing together, they can be heard and get justice.
By 2017, when Harvey Weinstein was accused of decades of sexual harassment, the movement had gained plenty of steam. This was only helped along by actress Alyssa Milano, who just days later asked that any woman who has ever been “sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply” to a social media post she made. Within two days, nearly a million of those comments had been made.
Facebook had about 12 million posts in one 24-hour period when it took on the challenge.
It was amazing and a very good thing. After all, men who had been preying on women for years, knowing they would stay silent, couldn’t count on that anymore.
However, just like with anything, there are always those who will use such heroic motivations for ill-gotten gain.
Remember how the political left used Christine Blasey Ford to defame and accuse then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh back in 2018?
Using the power of #MeToo, Ford claimed Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a party decades ago when the two were both teens. And it gained a lot of attention, for obvious reasons. The only thing od that Ford wasn’t found to be all that “credible.”
While Ford claimed to not be even the slightest bit drunk when it supposedly happened, she couldn’t remember how she got there, how she got home, when the party was, or even where it was. Furthermore, every person she claimed was a witness denied being at the party altogether.
This should have, or at least could have, been the end of the #MeToo movement, especially after Kavanaugh was acquitted and confirmed as a SCOTUS justice.
Instead, it continued on, to throw itself behind those like Amber Heard and her story.
However, just like with Ford, as the trial went on, testimonies made, evidence brought up, etc., it became clear that what Heard said about Depp may be stretching the truth a bit, if not an all-out lie.
As Beverly Hills entertainment attorney Mitra Ahouraian said, “The jury found her to be either inauthentic, overacting or not deserving of empathy.” Basically, no one believed her.
And since the case was so very, very public and in the spotlight, it doesn’t do #MeToo any favors.
As Jessica Taylor, a psychologist and author of two books on misogyny, says, “This is basically the end of #MeToo. It’s the death of the whole movement.” I mean, who would ever want to support something that has ties to such liars as Christine Blasey Ford and now Amber Heard?