After receiving backlash for shedding light on domestic violence, NSYNC’s Lance Bass has removed a TikTok video posted this week. Amber Heard’s testimony mocked Almost the first time Johnny Depp allegedly hit her.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post editorial that called her a victim of domestic violence and implying that Depp was the perpetrator, though it did not name her.
Few celebrities have publicly commented on the high-profile trial that began in mid-April. However, Depp’s fandom has been incredibly vocal online, turning test moments into widely shared memes.
Bass decided to join the fray with a 30-second video that shows him acting in the scene Heard described on the stands earlier this month.
Heard said that when he asked about a faded tattoo on Depp’s arm, he told her it was “Wino”, which he took as a joke, laughing it off. But then Depp hit her in the face, she said, explaining that she had been taken off guard, and laughed again because she “didn’t know what else to do.”
Depp reportedly turned on her, telling Heard, “You think this is funny, bitch? You think you’re a weird bitch?” before slapping him again. Upon hitting her a third time, Heard said she lost her balance on the edge of the couch where she was sitting.
Bass filmed himself wobbling over the edge of a gray sofa before crawling to the floor, as Heard’s audio was playing: “I was just sitting on this carpet, looking at the dirty carpet, wondering how I was on this carpet. ended.”
“Had to do it!” Bass captioned his video.
The test has been streamed live for weeks, providing fans with a wealth of content to nitpick, selectively edit, and interact with.
Depp’s fans on Twitter and TiktokHurd made fun of facial expressions As she testified to the abuse she says she endured at the hands of her ex-husband. A screenshot of Heard in the courtroom with a neutral expression on her face was repeatedly shared with captions suggesting she had “forgot” to act sad, although context was provided for the moment. had not been.
Several content creators have played-acted a particular snippet of testimony under the assumption that it betrayed dishonesty: during an audio clip of Heard describing how Depp allegedly slapped him after Done “to watch”, TikTok users record yourself turn back In a piece of choreography for a fictitious Depp who is heard talking to the wall.
Depp, on the other hand, has been portrayed as a false accused, as Rolling Stone reported that the #JusticeforJohnnyDepp hashtag has been used billions of times, dwarfing the millions of mentions of #IStandwithAmberHeard. His reactions to Hurd’s lawyers are edited to be hilariousInspired fans to leave bittersweet comments about his ex-wife.
Many advocates for domestic violence survivors fear that the public backlash to the Depp-Heard trial will discourage people from sharing their stories of abuse in the future, for fear of being ruthlessly mocked as Heard.
need help? In the US, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for National Domestic Violence Hotline,