.@ajaromano perfectly expresses what I’ve found so maddening and terrifying about this case. It is about so much more than these two people. It’s like Gamergate merged with Skynet to create the worst possible weaponized backlash against MeToo. https://t.co/p1uD4r6bGs
— Emily Crockett (@emilycrockett) June 1, 2022
The outcome of the widely famous Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial, in which a Virginia judge ruled that Depp was the more aggrieved party, sent leftist journalists into a spiral on Twitter, with some searching for solutions in the distant past of millennial feminism critique.
Depp filed defamation accusations against Heard following a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which the actress accused her estranged husband of many wrongdoings, including domestic abuse, without naming him. The ACLU ghostwrote the op-ed, which was published at the height of the #MeToo movement, as shown in the trial.
Depp was found not guilty and was granted compensatory damages of $10 million and punitive penalties of $5 million. It also found in favor of Heard on one of her two counter-defamation claims, giving her compensatory damages of $2 million.
FOR GREAT JUSTICE pic.twitter.com/m51JJVzzPQ
— Lyle 🇹🇼👍 (@Lyde15) June 2, 2022
Following the ruling, lefty journalists on social media, who predominantly supported Heard, promptly cast blame on a slew of traditional boogeymen: misogyny, misinformation, the far-right, and “gamergate.”
The Depp trial has become the new Gamergate.
— Jeff Sparrow (@Jeff_Sparrow) June 1, 2022
The Depp v. Heard trial is clearly a new Gamergate: misinformation, misogynist hate, and resentment against #MeToo are being wielded to draw people into the far right. If there weren’t so much cowardly handwringing about how “complicated” the case is, this would be obvious.
— Moira Donegan (@MoiraDonegan) May 26, 2022
I should have paid more attention to Gamergate.
We now live in a gamergateocracy.
— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) June 2, 2022
A true nightmare
— Keith Gow (@keithgow) June 2, 2022
Gamergate was a 2014 consumer movement that was fed up with low professional standards and extreme ideological bias from technology and video game reporters, who had become preoccupied with feminist narratives in the years leading up to the movement, which liberal journalists and SJWs have since linked to everything from misogyny, racism, and even Donald Trump’s election.
“The bluechecks are not out of touch, say the bluechecks…” pic.twitter.com/oQiF35Fnrj
— Lyle 🇹🇼👍 (@Lyde15) June 2, 2022
Gamergate was the first major backlash against what is now known as wokeness, as well as media-driven cancel culture. This is likely why the nearly ten-year-old consumer movement continues to terrify liberal journalists.
Both Depp and Heard hurled wild and shocking allegations against one another on the witness stand, but one of the most memorable accusations was perhaps Depp’s claim that Heard had once defecated in his bed after an argument. Trial viewers quickly took to social media to dub the actress “Amber Turd,” and trended the hashtag #MePoo following Heard’s stunning loss in the defamation trial.
The #MePoo hashtag is a play on the #MeToo movement, for which many say Heard has hindered, given that a jury found on Wednesday that the actress had defamed Depp, awarding the Pirates of the Caribbean star $10 million in compensatory damages, and $5 million in punitive damages.
the fine folks over at Clownfish TV surmise this is Amber Heard’s publicity team pushing this campaign. Here’s what they had to say: