Johnny Depp Says ‘No One Is Safe’ From Woke Culture

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Embattled actor Johnny Depp criticized cancel culture at a press event for a Spanish film festival where he is set to receive a career achievement award.

“It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture, this instant rush to judgment based on what essentially amounts to polluted air,” the actor told reporters.

Depp has had his own experience with the phenomenon as he has been dropped from several films, including the Fantastic Beasts franchise after tawdry details about his life came out during a lawsuit he filed against a British publication for calling him a “wife-beater.”

“It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe,” he said prior to attending the San Sebastian Film Festival. “It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled.”

“It’s not just me that this has happened to, it’s happened to a lot of people,” he added. “This type of thing has happened to women, men. Sadly at a certain point, they begin to think that it’s normal. Or that it’s them. When it’s not.”

Despite a judge concluding that most of his ex-wife Amber Heard’s domestic abuse claims “could be proved to the civil standard,” when he lost the 2018 lawsuit, Depp has filed a $50 million against Heard in the United States.

“It doesn’t matter if a judgment, per se, has taken some artistic license,” he explained. “When there’s an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in — stand up, don’t sit down. ‘Cause they need you.”

He thanked the festival’s organizers for “not buying what has been, for far too long, some notion of me that doesn’t exist,” and slammed the film industry during the event.

“Hollywood is certainly not what it was,” he remarked. “Large, large corporations take control of these things.”

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