Johnny Depp has shared his strong distaste for cancel culture, which, according to him, “amounts to polluted air,” during a press conference at the San Fransisco Film Festival.
He linked his disapproval of the increasingly prominent online movement to the backlash he faced after allegations surfaced, claiming he was abusive towards his ex-wife Amber Heard.
As per his speech, Depp admitted he has faced public scrutiny since Heard filed for divorce back in 2015 when she later accused him of domestic abuse.
Before receiving his honorary Donostia Award, Depp spoke out about cancel culture, claiming “no one is safe.”
After talking for a while during the press conference about various characters he’s played over the years, Depp started off his speech on cancel culture, by saying: “It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture, this instant rush to judgment based on what essentially amounts to polluted air.”
Adding: “It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. Not anyone out that door. No one is safe. It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled.
“It’s not just me that this has happened to, it’s happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men. Children have suffered from various types of unpleasantries. Sadly at a certain point, they begin to think that it’s normal. Or that it’s them. When it’s not.”
In conclusion, Depp made the audience aware that “someone [they] love” may need their help in the battle against cancel culture in the future.
But, after his speech, Depp worried that he might have caused upset among the crowd, later saying he “didn’t want to offend anyone.”
Depp then thanked the organizers of the event for the “undying support of everyone involved,” despite everything that has gone on in the last few years.
And further added that he appreciated their stance on “not buying what has been, for far too long, some notion of me that doesn’t exist.”