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“It’s disturbing people are allowed to exploit victims’ trauma for profit”: Amber Heard Fans Left Fuming after Tubi’s Johnny Depp Defamation Trial TV Movie

Amber Heard Fans Left Fuming after Tubi's Johnny Depp Defamation Trial TV Movie

The Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial which played out in its ugliest form during the publicly televised defamation case ended up having one person deified and another ostracized in the majority’s eyes. Still, the remnants of the trial linger in the background and debates occasionally ensue between both factions to argue and counter-argue the validity of the presented evidence. In the meanwhile, however, Tubi Originals has gone on to produce and direct a film based on the televised defamation trial that airs on September 30th.

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Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial Angers Amber Heard Fans

The defamation trial which played out within the walls of the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse, Virginia, did prove to be one of the most popular televised and real-time events of the century. It not only dragged out the basest of human encounters but also aired both parties’ dirty laundry out for the world to hear and witness. What started out as a career-destroying move intended for mutual damage and destruction soon ended up redeeming Depp in the eyes of the court of public opinion.

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Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial gets adapted into a tv film

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Tubi has now taken the liberty to flesh out the intricacies of the courtroom drama, add a creative flair or two, and then produce the original for the people to witness. But this is where it gets offensive for the general public. The Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial was already publicly televised in full. It further proved triggering for a lot of abuse victims, and even though Heard had broken down multiple times on the stand, the vulnerabilities expressed, whether real or fake, is now being enacted by television actors for the public’s entertainment and the streamer’s profit.

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Amber Heard leaves the Fairfax Courthouse on June 1, 2022, after the jury verdict

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Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Fans Disapprove of Hot Take

The Tubi tv film, Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial is yet to take off in the public arena and people are already screaming foul. Notwithstanding the general population’s personal opinions, the trauma and lived experiences of another are not to be taken advantage of without the subject’s permission. But given the fact that the trial was publicly televised, it does allow the streamer to go ahead with their production of Hot Take without the risk of legal fallout.

But that does not stop the separate factions supporting Johnny Depp and Amber Heard from voicing their protest against the crude mockery, especially on behalf of the latter.

Aside from the claims that the show is “one-sided” and “dehumanizing”, it also stands out as ethically wrong for a streaming platform to use the celebrity trial for profitability. However, given the limited reach of Tubi, the public outcries will do very little in contributing to the retraction of the tv film, if that is indeed their intention. In the meantime, the poorly enacted and low-budget film does allow for rage to ensue as both parties gear up for the second innings of the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial in real-time.

Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial airs on Tubi on 30 September 2022.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with almost 500 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works. If she’s not writing or painting, Diya can often be found in tattoo parlors across Delhi or on rooftops at 3 am listening to music.