I hate to be the downer here, but if you plan on seeing the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, we need to have a little talk. I’ll start off by saying this: I was, at one point in my life, a HUGE fan. I owned all of the DVDs, had multiple officially licensed Pirates (TM) merchandise, and would go see them multiple times in theaters. What can I say? I was a little nine-year-old who wanted to grow up to be Elizabeth Swan. It’s not that weird. What is weird is that Disney, and Hollywood in general, continues to cast men who have been accused of abuse and assault, like Johnny Deep, who allegedly abused his wife, Amber Heard.
The fact that Disney is still making movies with Johnny Depp despite his abuse of Amber Heard is ridiculous.
— Kari Johnson (@wordsmith_kari) May 15, 2017
Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp last year after she claimed that he “violently attacked” her. She had photographic evidence of the alleged assault which caused bruising on her face. She went on to say that he was emotionally abusive throughout their relationship and filed for divorce. The case was settled outside of court, but the main issue here is that men who are accused of illegal activities are consistently given jobs and work, while women, like Kesha, are shunned from the entertainment industry for outing an alleged abuser.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter matter if you refuse to see Pirates and the Caribbean, it will still be successful, and Johnny Depp will still be given a lot of money. This kind of behavior in society gives men the idea that that can do anything, even allegedly abuse their wives, and still be successful. I wish that this wasn’t that common, but it actually is. Men are often given free passes when it comes to assault. Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna, and still makes music and wins awards. Woody Allen allegedly abused his daughter, and still makes movies and gets praised. Honestly, it sucks, and people are so quick to forget about these things.
Hey, remember that time it was revealed Johnny Depp inflicted years of abuse on his ex-wife Amber Heard? Oh wait, that was in August.
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) April 27, 2017
By supporting these movies, we are supporting the career of an alleged abuser and therefore sending the message that abuse is tolerated in our society. People always talk about how survivors should come forward, but then they are accused of lying when they do. In the end, it just goes to show that men can, mostly, do anything and not be penalized.
But, even when they are convicted, which is rare, they are never given proper punishments. Remember the Brock Turner case? He was an athlete who was convicted of assaulting a woman, yet was only in jail for six months. When things like this happen, it’s an awful reminder that people’s reputations are much more important than the safety of others. It’s the ugly truth, but people would much rather ignore abuse allegations instead of going out of their way to stop supporting the abusers.
I wish I could do more, but all I can do is say this: don’t support alleged abusers, and speak out. These people have to know that what they did is wrong, and the only way we can do that is by speaking out against abuse and not supporting victims. We all owe it to the victims and survivors to listen to their stories and help them. Even if you’re doing something little, like not paying to see Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s still important.
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