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Debate Heats up Surrounding J. K. Rowling’s Controversial Johnny Depp Statement

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Others, however, take a dim view of Rowling’s statement, citing it as proof of Rowling’s ‘selective feminism.’ 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you feel about Depp’s casting and Rowling’s defense of it? Let us know in the comments! 

 

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