After receiving backlash for making gentle of home violence, NSYNC’s Lance Bass deleted a TikTok video he posted this week that mocked Amber Heard’s testimony concerning the first time Johnny Depp allegedly hit her.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Submit editorial that described her as a sufferer of home violence and implied that Depp was the perpetrator, though it didn’t identify him.
Few celebrities have publicly commented on the high-profile trial, which started in mid-April. Depp’s fandom, nonetheless, has been extremely vocal on-line, turning moments from the trial into broadly shared memes.
Bass determined to affix the fray with a 30-second video that reveals him appearing out a scene Heard described on the stand earlier this month.
Heard stated that when she requested a few light tattoo Depp had on his arm, he advised her it stated “wino,” which she took as a joke, laughing it off. However then Depp smacked her throughout the face, she stated, explaining that she was taken off guard, and laughed once more as a result of she “didn’t know what else to do.”
Depp allegedly turned on her, saying, in Heard’s telling, “You assume it’s humorous, bitch? You assume you’re a humorous bitch?” earlier than slapping her once more. Upon hitting her a 3rd time, Heard stated she misplaced her steadiness on the sting of the sofa the place she was sitting.
Bass filmed himself wobbling on the sting of a grey sofa earlier than crawling all the way down to the ground as Heard’s audio performed: “I used to be simply sitting there on this carpet, wanting on the soiled carpet questioning how I ended up on this carpet.”
“Needed to do it!” Bass captioned his video.
The trial has been streamed stay for weeks, offering a treasure trove of content material for followers to nitpick, selectively edit and work together with.
On Twitter and TikTok, Depp followers have gleefully mocked Heard’s facial expressions as she testified to the abuse she says she endured by the hands of her ex-husband. A screenshot of Heard within the courtroom with a impartial expression on her face was repeatedly shared with captions suggesting she “forgot” to behave unhappy, though the context of the second was not supplied.
Many content material creators have play-acted a selected snippet of testimony below the idea it betrays dishonesty: Throughout an audio clip of Heard describing how she “turned to take a look at” Depp after he allegedly slapped her, TikTok customers record themselves turning their backs to an imagined Depp in a bit of choreography that has Heard talking to the wall.
Depp, then again, is portrayed as falsely accused ― Rolling Stone reported that the #JusticeforJohnnyDepp hashtag has been used billions of instances, dwarfing the hundreds of thousands of mentions of #IStandwithAmberHeard. His responses to Heard’s attorneys are edited to be hilariously sassy, prompting followers to go away vitriolic feedback about his ex-wife.
Many advocates for home violence survivors concern that the general public response to the Depp-Heard trial will discourage folks from sharing their tales of abuse sooner or later, for concern of being mocked as mercilessly as Heard.
Need assistance? Within the U.S., name 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.