Embattled leading man Johnny Depp has been making a comeback in recent months following the headline-grabbing defamation trial against his former wife, actress Amber Heard. He may have emerged victorious in court, but some celebs still side with Depp’s ex—including, apparently, musician Phoebe Bridgers.
Bridgers has forged a name for herself in the indie rock circuit in recent years, with the 28-year-old already having earned four Grammy nods. The “Kyoto” singer blasted Depp in a new interview with Teen Vogue.
This past summer, Bridgers liked a pro-Heard tweet that touched on the fact that the actress had accused Depp of abuse, Newsweek reported in early August. Scores of people on social media had ridiculed Heard and attempted to poke holes in her claims at the same time that certain celebs were rooting for Depp.
“I think that there’s been this falsehood—and I think queer people are included in this—of having to be the perfect victim, or the perfect survivor, or the perfect representation for your marginalized community,” Bridgers told Teen Vogue. “If Amber Heard exhibited any neurotic behavior, it was held against her. Then Johnny Depp, out of his mouth, admitted some of the most violent, crazy s*** in court [emphasis Teen Vogue‘s], and it’s somehow like, people aren’t surprised?”
Bridgers further condemned the perverse rubbernecking that the Depp-Heard trial had attracted. She slammed the ordeal as “disgusting” and “upsetting” and said “it was treated like a fandom war.”
Later, Bridgers questioned the idea of cancel culture and whether it’s possible to attain justice in a society that too often dismisses victims of abuse.
“It can feel insular, like the rest of the world doesn’t care about the same morals as us,” Bridgers told Teen Vogue.
Bridgers also noted that successful men like Depp who have faced serious, credible allegations of abuse can often evade accountability.
“I mean, is [cancel culture] real? Who’s lost their job politically? One huge offender is in jail for actual sex crimes, and then anything short of that is, maybe, they lose a couple friends or lose a couple jobs,” she said. “Then five years later, they’re like, ‘Sorry, sorry, sorry.’ And they come back, but they never apologize—they never go away.”
Aside from the Depp-Heard trial, Bridgers opened up to Teen Vogue about the overall #MeToo movement, her own abortion and the misogyny still plaguing the music industry.
Newsweek has reached out to representatives of Depp for comment.
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