Following its premiere, Twitter users have come forth with interesting reactions, to say the last, with several of the comments suggesting that Depp v Heard has reinvigorated the old debate
Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard found themselves entangled in a supremely messy defamation trial in 2022, one that caught the attention of the entire world. The courtroom trial between the two dragged on for six long weeks between April and June but the highlight of that entire legal process is the meddling involvement of social media and the public at large. The event also earned itself the disparaging title of 'Trial by TikTok' by the media and citing its dramatic potential, Netflix has arrived with a new docu. series named Depp v Heard.
As the title suggests, this limited three-episode saga attempts to dig deep into the convoluted trial between the two Hollywood stars who, flanked by their respective trial, clashed over an op-ed piece composed in 2018. Amber Heard, following her divorce from Johnny Depp in 2016, wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post wherein she described herself as a 'public figure representing domestic abuse'.
Johnny Depp would later sue her alleging that he was defamed in the article, adding that its publishing caused him difficulties in landing roles as an actor.
What does Twitter say about Depp v. Heard on Netflix?
Social media, as already mentioned, was a huge part of the actual trial which went in Depp's favour who was awarded $10 million and $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Amber Heard, for her countersuit, was given $2 million in compensatory damages. But one could also argue that she faced the majority of the public's wrath via social media with several maligning 'hashtag' campaigns, too, unleashed against her. Depp v Heard, which debuted on Netflix on August 16, explores all this and more over a runtime of nearly 150 minutes by accessing over 200 hours of live-streamed footage of the courtroom proceedings.
Following its premiere, Twitter users have come forth with interesting reactions, to say the last, with several of the comments suggesting that the show has reinvigorated the old debate. "If you watch #DEPPVHEARD on Netflix, you’re going to get a piece of the puzzle, but not the whole thing," said one user while another chose to not comment on the show itself but the verdict of last year's trial.
As someone who watched the trial live & survived domestic abuse, it is disappointing this was advertised as showing 'both sides'. This was a pro-Heard piece that omitted extensive critical information," wrote another.