So yesterday, we reported on the statement that J. K. Rowling released in light of the growing disquiet among fans in relation to the casting of Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts movie. While we touched on fans’ reactions to the statement in yesterday’s article, the statement has garnered an enormous array of reactions, both positive and negative.
In her statement, Rowling defended the decision to keep Depp on, saying, “the agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”
Depp’s casting has caused controversy due to the allegations of domestic violence made against him by his ex-wife Amber Heard, who provided photographic and video evidence of the abuse. Heard was awarded a $5 million settlement, the entirety of which she donated to charity.
Many fans of Depp have sided with Rowling, and are happy with the decision to keep Depp on, with the hashtag #JohnnyDeppIsMyGrindelwald gaining momentum.
— Lily-Rose (@ParadisDepp) December 8, 2017
I appreciate you telling us about your stance on Depp. You have clearly done your research and considered many things before making any rash decisions on this very sensitive and divisive subject. #JohnnyDeppIsMyGrindelwald
— JibberJab (@littlemismagic) December 7, 2017
Thanks #jk_rowling for blocking people who believe one gold digger who spreads lies & un proved facts! #FantasticBeasts2 #JohnnyDeppIsMyGrindelwald #JohnnyDeppIsInnocent #depp #JohnnyDepp #deppheads #proudOfJohnnyDepp pic.twitter.com/sf92Y0enZ6
— Messi 10_Pastore 27 (@Reemidepp) November 30, 2017
— Lyn (@JohnnyD_AidanT) November 28, 2017
Others, however, take a dim view of Rowling’s statement, citing it as proof of Rowling’s ‘selective feminism.’
JK Rowling joins Lena Dunham and Kate Winslet in the “I believe women except for when I don’t feel like it” dustbin.
— Lizzzzzzzz (@LizzyLaurie) December 7, 2017
hp helped so many victims of abuse. harry potter IS A VICTIM OF ABUSE and you blocked some fans that reminded you about this case. i seriously hope those fans don’t watch the crimes of grindelwald ’cause they already know the crimes of johnny depp.
— ˗ˏˋ jhona ˊˎ˗ (@POTTEREINA) December 7, 2017
God J.K’s statement is so wretched, isn’t it? Like the lion’s share of my disgust is for Depp, obviously, but it doesn’t even make practical sense to keep him when you have a better, cheaper (I imagine) not-monster you’ve already spent a film showing the audience.
— Why Sir, It’s Christmas Dave! (@d_ruddenwrites) December 8, 2017
so contractually @jk_rowling is limited in what she can say about johnny depp’s continues involves? but she spoke volumes when she favorited tweets naming amber heard as a liar
— chrysanthemum tran (@chrystran) December 8, 2017
I think the worst part is that if you check the #JohnnyDeppIsMyGrindelwald tag so many people have interpreted JKR’s statement as some kind of “proof” that the accuser is a liar. This incredibly irresponsible attitude is exactly what deters victims from reporting abuse. #MeToo
— Caffee (@Cafwee) December 7, 2017
How do you feel about Depp’s casting and Rowling’s defense of it? Let us know in the comments!
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