The Johnny Depp- Amber Heard trial continues on the 16th of May 2022. It has garnered a lot of media and fan attention since April when it started. The 50 million dollar suit has seen Depp and Heard fight tooth and nail for their reputation and future careers. The stakes are high, and fans on both sides are invested in the trial and its outcome. Amidst all this, the folks at SNL have aired a skit that mocks the trial between the estranged couple.
This has apparently not gone down well with fans. Many took to Twitter to air their criticism while others complained that such mockery was wrong considering the serious charges of domestic violence involved. We take a closer look at this issue in this article. What do you think of the SNL skit? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.
The SNL Mocks Johnny Depp Amber Heard Trial
Saturday Night Live (SNL) mocked the ongoing Depp-Heard trial in a cold open. The spoof joked about the drama in the whole dispute. References were made to the episode involving fecal matter being allegedly left on her marital bed by Amber Heard. Apparently, this has not amused fans, who have expressed disapproval on the internet for SNL’s humor. (More on this below)
Fans Criticise SNL For Their Mockery
Fans have taken to Twitter to criticize SNL for the skit. Take a look at a few such Tweets below.
regardless of your thoughts on amber/johnny, making an SNL skit out of an ongoing domestic violence trial is weird as hell and does nothing to support victims of violence https://t.co/svSP33djn3
— matt (@mattxiv) May 16, 2022
did SNL really do a Johnny depp/ amber heard skit? that’s actually disgusting and desperate.
— anu (@AnuheaNihipali) May 15, 2022
Leave it to #SNL be not only late, but also ignorant and unfunny as they make fun of the Johnny Depp trial… didn’t even have the balls to have any cast member play crying Amber Heard. ???? let alone get any of the other trial players right. Lame #JusticeForJohnny pic.twitter.com/XGDyTFt5oa
— Andy Signore (@andysignore) May 15, 2022
I usually don’t care about SNL parodies, but this is disgusting. The way it has become a trend to mock a woman for testifying that she was sexually assaulted and physically abused makes me sick to my stomach. https://t.co/Jj8mL4nSn0
— Purple For Amber Heard (@purpleforamber) May 15, 2022
really fucked up of SNL to premiere a skit based on the amber heard johnny depp trial while it’s actively happening… or just in general really… gross behavior
— emma jean curtis (@emmaxcurtis) May 16, 2022
Depp v. Heard: The Backstory
Depp and Heard had a short-lived marriage that ended in a very public and bitter divorce. There were allegations of abuse and violence from both sides. These allegations harmed their careers and brought a lot of bad press for them. Amidst all this, Depp unsuccessfully sued a British newspaper in the UK for defamation. After his loss, he was dropped from some major roles.
Following that, he filed a fresh lawsuit claiming 50 million dollars in the US against Amber Heard for an op-ed that she penned for the Washington Post. This piece was about abusive relationships in 2018 and was titled: “Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change“ Though the article did not name Depp directly, the actor claimed that it hurt his career. The trial for the said lawsuit started in April 2022.