Similar to the OG Simpson trial, the Depp v. Heard case became a legal phenomenon, as it glued everyone to their phone screens waiting to see who wins. The case was a result of an op-ed piece written by Amber Heard, which was then brought to court by Johnny Depp, alleging defamation.
Johnny Depp had argued that the op-ed piece had resulted in him losing his most important franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, which also caused him a huge financial loss. In response to Johnny Depp’s suit Amber Heard filed a counterclaim worth $100 million in damages.
The aftermath of the Depp v. Heard case
In the end, Johnny Depp was awarded 10.35 million, cumulative for compensatory and punitive damages while Amber Heard was awarded $2 million. This result shocked many legal experts as they believed he had a smaller chance of winning in the US trial compared to the UK one.
But, the events in the court mattered little to the Pirates of the Caribbean actor as he won the battle which mattered more, the court of public opinion. There was a shift in public opinion believing in Johnny Depp’s innocence and Amber Heard’s cruelty, it also resulted in a plethora of memes.
Fans call meme mocking Amber Heard vile
According to a picture tweeted by @liliandaisies, a nursing student who was assigned to prepare a ‘mock pain scale’, used images of Amber Heard from the trial to indicate levels of trauma and pain felt by the victim and was criticized for deriding her testimony on abuse and rape.
This is malicious no matter how you word or slice it.
It’s one thing to disbelieve her, but this…
— Mia Goth’s Divorce Attorney (@UchihaAquarius) September 18, 2022
A never ending hate to Amber's pain. Sickening
— Smile18 (@Smile1836) September 18, 2022
Many Twitter users have joined in the criticism, calling the scale malicious, sadistic, and “unthinkably cruel”. The post becomes even worse with its description as the op promoted it with amusement and comically captioned it “This is so Awesome!!!”.
unimaginably unthinkably cruel
— lena (@daeneryslore) September 18, 2022
So very sad. It’s makes me sad.
— Sharon Sekhon (@CatsOnlyPlez) September 18, 2022
— flora + fauna 🏳️🌈 (@Stanford_lands) September 18, 2022
It is pretty common to troll celebrities and controversial takes from people on Twitter, but for medical practitioners to use it and ridicule victims raise some serious concerns. No matter the outcome of the trial, treating domestic violence and rape victims insensitively is a step too far.