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Johnny Depp’s Online Fandom Is Toxic Toward Domestic Abuse Survivors, Some Online Creators Warn




In the previous few months, audio clips from the defamation trial involving Amber Heard and Johnny Depp went viral as trending TikTok sounds.

“Customers have been lip-syncing to an audio of Amber’s testimony and utilizing it to mock her,” stated Lauren, a creator referred to as gothamshitty, who didn’t need her final title used out of concern of harassment from Depp’s supporters.

“Particularly they have been utilizing an audio of her recounting how Johnny had raped her,” Lauren continued. “These customers have been responding to the audio by declaring that what Amber was describing was not rape however ‘each girl’s dream.’ That sickened me.”

Till that time a couple of weeks in the past, Lauren had “hesitated” to publish concerning the trial, however she stated the development was “too disgusting, misogynistic and disrespectful to survivors in every single place” to disregard.

In a video she posted in Might, Lauren voiced assist for Heard, citing earlier allegations of abusive conduct from Depp and his 2020 defamation trial in the UK. She linked the widespread public disdain of Heard to the overturning of Roe v. Wade and stated the social media frenzy surrounding the trial “displays the immense quantity of misogyny and hatred of girls that’s so deeply ingrained in society.”

Lauren stated the net response to her video was initially “fairly balanced,” till an “inflow of hateful feedback began to return in.” She stated she tried to delete as many inflammatory feedback as she might, however some viewers started harassing her on Twitter, too. A streamer with a big following reacted to her video throughout his stream, and his viewers mocked Lauren’s speech and look within the feedback.

“As soon as the streamer discovered my video, I hit a breaking level,” Lauren stated.

The net fandom supporting Johnny Depp, which ballooned throughout his defamation case towards his ex-wife, has turn into poisonous, some creators say.

The net fandom supporting Johnny Depp, which ballooned throughout his defamation case towards his ex-wife, has turn into poisonous, some creators say.

Depp sued Heard for $50 million after she described herself as a “public determine representing home abuse” in a 2018 Washington Submit op-ed. The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, and awarded Heard, who had countersued Depp for $100 million, $2 million in compensatory damages.

Content material concerning the trial flooded social media quickly after it started in April. The variety of posts expressing assist for Depp dwarfed these supporting Heard; on TikTok, the tag #justiceforjohnnydepp has a staggering 19.6 billion views whereas #istandwithamberheard has 19.8 million and can be utilized in movies supporting Depp.

Although many Depp supporters have celebrated the decision as a win for male survivors of home abuse, they’ve additionally been accused of harassing creators, together with home abuse survivors, for expressing something however assist for Depp.

The trial turned leisure

“I’m truly unhappy this trial is coming to an finish,” true crime YouTuber Bailey Sarian stated in a now-deleted tweet.

In style leisure, whether or not a YouTuber’s weekly vlog or a beloved TV present, typically conjures up fan content material. Within the weeks because the defamation trial began, followers consumed the livestreamed courtroom continuing as if it was leisure and posted content material sometimes seen in fandom communities.

Viewers posted supercuts of Depp’s facial expressions through the trial. Some began “transport” Depp together with his lawyer Camille Vasquez, and posted fan edits romanticizing their interactions.

Image: Camille VasquezJohnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez speaks along with her colleague Benjamin Chew in courtroom on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., on June 1, 2022.Evelyn Hockstein / Pool/AFP by way of Getty Pictures

“She undoubtedly has a crush! And I am right here for it,” one commenter stated underneath a TikTok transport Depp and Vasquez.

Beneath one other fan edit of the pair, a TikTok consumer speculated, “Everytime she’s subconsciously copying his physique language [it’s] as a result of she’s drawn to him.”

Vasquez gained a following of her personal — followers in contrast her to the “Legally Blonde” protagonist Elle Woods and began a petition for her to interchange Heard within the upcoming “Aquaman” sequel. Singer Jazzmyn Wollfe went viral for tattooing herself with a top level view of Vasquez, and was broadly criticized for “taking being a fan too far.”

An image of Wollfe's tattoo of Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez.A picture of Wollfe’s tattoo of Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez.Courtesy Jazzmyne Wollfe

“For me the tattoo represented quite a bit, notably the energy and fervour Camille possessed in her extremely clever supply of Amber Heard’s cross examination,” Wollfe stated. “Traits of outspokenness and confidence I needed to remind myself to additional implement in my very own life.”

As followers made content material in assist of Depp, content material maligning Heard exploded on-line. Movies criticizing her conduct on the stand proliferated on TikTok, and creators carried out dramatized reenactments of her testimony utilizing trial audio. Instagram meme accounts shared pictures mocking her facial expressions and physique language.

Contempt for Heard reached fanfiction circles, as effectively, the place at the least two “revenge fics” about Heard revealed on the fanfiction website Archive Of Our Personal explicitly described scenes by which Heard was tortured, sexually assaulted or killed.

“And y’all nonetheless suppose this can be a regular response to a trial,” creator jordxn.simone stated in a TikTok video responding to a sea shanty parody about Heard. “I’ve seen some really wild fandom stuff throughout my stint on the web … None of it compares to this.”

Creators had an incentive to proceed posting concerning the trial as a result of the content material acquired a lot engagement. Creator Cbatogivename began their TikTok account by posting scenes of TV reveals and flicks. In late April, they posted a clip from the trial displaying Depp detangling Vasquez’s cellphone charger. The video went viral and has over 12.7 million views.

“Everybody commented asking me to publish extra, so I discovered extra movies and far to my delight it went viral once more!”

Tiktok creator cbatogivename

“Everybody commented asking me to publish extra, so I discovered extra movies and far to my delight it went viral once more!” Cbatogivename, who requested to be referred to by their username out of concern for his or her privateness, stated.

Earlier than posting the clip, that they had simply over 200 followers; three weeks later, they have been as much as 269,432, they stated.

A number of creators have accused essentially the most fervent Depp supporters of utilizing the trial as a chance to belittle and invalidate ladies fairly than assist home abuse survivors.

In a TikTok posted within the final week of the trial, creator André Rickman requested, “The place the [expletive] have been a few of you males’s rights activists once I was abused?”

Rickman stated he “felt seen” as a result of the defamation trial raised consciousness of male home violence survivors however was skeptical of Depp’s supporters. He questioned why males accused of home violence and sexual misconduct, equivalent to Chris Brown and James Charles, have not acquired the criticism Heard has.

“Some males will use this verdict as a kind of gotcha second for all the feminine victims of home violence,” Rickman stated. “[I’m] disgusted to see my fellow sisters get bullied, berated within the media and simply have to show the opposite cheek … I really feel horrible and enraged as a result of males do not care about male victims. If something they use me as an argument.”

One other creator who has used her platform to debate home violence after her personal expertise in an abusive relationship stated she was harassed for talking negatively about Depp.

After Jessica Jordan, a creator referred to as midwestbimbo, posted a video debunking the “mutual abuse” that Depp and Heard’s former marriage counselor described through the trial, folks went “completely rabid,” she stated.

She was harassed on a number of social media platforms with feedback telling her to die, and he or she stated she felt unsafe “for a bit” after receiving a threatening letter to her mailing handle. Whereas Jordan has handled harassment on-line earlier than — particularly after talking out towards transphobia and males’s rights activists — she stated this wave of harassment was particularly taxing.

“I laughed it off at first and even despatched a postcard again, nevertheless it actually clicked to me simply how severe a few of his followers have been,” Jordan stated. “And made me have a look at the threats I used to be getting a bit extra intently.”

She stated she is uncertain Depp’s supporters are passionate out of real concern for home violence supporters and referenced actor Terry Crews’ 2017 allegation {that a} Hollywood govt sexually assaulted him throughout an business operate.

“If folks cared about male abuse survivors there could be extra data and assets about them,” she continued. “Together with love and assist for males like Terry Crews … As an alternative it is used as a silencing tactic.”

“All this discourse this has created solely creates a hostile on-line setting for victims of all genders.”

lauren, tiktok creator knownn as gothamshitty

Though the trial wrapped with the jury’s verdict this week, memes about it proceed to blossom on-line.

Lauren, the creator who was harassed for criticizing the informal misogyny in content material concerning the trial, has been inactive on TikTok since. She famous that even these claiming to assist Depp have been “undermining the severity of the scenario” by treating the case “like a sports activities recreation with groups to aspect with.”

“Even when Johnny’s claims have been completely true, what good does it do to meme-ify each side of his abusive expertise?” Lauren stated. “All of the discourse this has created — what makes an ideal sufferer, the ‘legitimacy’ of marital rape — solely creates a hostile on-line setting for victims of all genders.”


Fed Up And Desperate South Africans Are Looking To Other Countries In Search Of Better Opportunities




Fed up and desperate South Africans are looking to other countries in search of better opportunities, but high net worth foreigners are flocking here for a better quality of life.

Rampant crime, corruption and, to a lesser extent the country’s ongoing electricity woes, are listed as some of the reasons why South Africans are heading for the exit. The Covid-19 pandemic is also no longer a deterrent to travelling.

Top of the lost-skills list are doctors, accountants, IT specialists and even media professionals who are looking for greener pastures, mainly in English language countries.

Results of a survey released by infoQuest/TrendER this week indicated that 5% of employed South Africans had applied for residency in another country and would be emigrating soon.

Another 14% had seriously considered emigrating and had made enquiries or submitted applications.

The organisation said a further one in three employed South Africans had thought about emigrating but had not taken any further steps.

“If we extrapolate this to the actual numbers, 5% of about 15 million working South Africans indicates a staggering number of 750 000 South Africans getting ready to leave imminently,” said Claire Heckrath, managing director of infoQuest.

Experts say New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK are perennial favourites for those seeking a better life outside the country, but Portugal and Panama are growing in popularity and have been added to the list.

On the flip side, new SA residents, mainly from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, view South Africa as their playground because of its natural beauty, open spaces and larger living areas.

But there’s a caveat: you have to be affluent to get around the loadshedding, crime, health and education troubles you will encounter in your new home.

Property and immigration experts say Hermanus is the place of choice for foreigners who relocate to South Africa, while Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay come a close second.

Tax and immigration experts say the favourable exchange rate for people from Europe means they get more value for money when they buy property here than they would get in their own countries.

The beauty of the whales in Hermanus, its proximity to Cape Town and the top notch infrastructure in the area are all selling points, says Annien Borg, an area manager for Pam Golding estate agency.

Borg said foreigners were willing to fork out R50m for a lavish house or even R22m for a vacant plot in the seaside town.

South Africans in new countries say it’s the safety, good education and hope for better opportunities that saw them take the plunge.

However, it’s not necessarily easier for everyone: some have to work even harder than before, and take on two jobs to maintain the standard of living they had back home.

Sable International migration manager Sarah Young said she had assisted 300 families to relocate to Portugal through that country’s golden visa investment programme.

She said the volatility of the rand, safety and security and high unemployment rates are what spurred on her clients to make the move.

Young said other countries like Malta, Ireland and Grenada were also becoming popular.

Biokineticist Michelle das Neves moved to Portugal at the start of this year, just after getting married, citing crime, feeling unsafe, the breakdown of facilities, racism and the growing inequality as reasons she and her husband left.

While she ran a successful practice with more than one consulting room in SA, she now splits her time between her medical profession and selling houses.

Despite doing well as an estate agent and being acknowledged as “rookie of the quarter”, she says wearing two hats was tiring but worth it.

“I’m very happy that the lights stay on and the water stays on and that I can walk in the street and I don’t have to be paranoid about my bag in my car,” said Das Neves.

She said while there was crime, it wasn’t violent crime that South Africans were exposed to all the time.

Tax attorney Madeleine Schubart from Boshoff Inc said Portugal was popular among South Africans of retirement age because they were only subjected to a 10% tax in that country. In addition it was only high net worth individuals who were considering that as a new place to settle.

She said the cost of living was favourable in Portugal while those going to Panama saw it as a foot in the door to getting their children educated in the US.

She said a substantial number of farmers had also left SA and gone to the US where they became farm managers, while the UK was usually favoured by engineers and young professionals.

“South Africa doesn’t always have the next step available for the very ambitious,” she said.

Andrew Kerr, a director at Network Migration, said currently New Zealand was the most popular destination among his clients.

Over 25 years he has helped 12 000 families emigrate from South Africa to New Zealand or Australia. He said NZ was their number one destination and had been for the last 10 years, and was popular among all age groups, from 21 to 55, regardless of ethnicity or education.

He said the reasons for leaving were mostly for the future of their children, but also high unemployment, crime and Eskom.

Kerr said it took two to five years to get back to the standard of living you had achieved before leaving SA and that it took three to six months to immigrate to New Zealand and 12 to 18 months for Australia.

Durban businesswoman Samanthra Pillay, her husband Sugan and their two daughters sold their business a few months ago and their home on Sunday and will head to New Zealand in November.

Pillay said they wanted better opportunities and education for their children and the best way for them to get into New Zealand was for her to apply to do a PhD in law. Once there, her husband would get a work visa and eventually they hoped for citizenship.

Johannesburg couple Jackie and Jacques Roodt and their two daughters are scheduled to fly to New Zealand on October 12.

Roodt, who is in the IT field, already has a job there, while they managed to secure a place to live and a school for their children so they could hit the ground running.

Tax specialist Jeremy Burman said the imposition of a possible wealth tax was not a major reason for emigration.

He said South Africa already had several taxes which could be regarded as forms of wealth tax like capital gains tax, transfer duty, estate duty and donations tax.

Burman urged possible emigrants to get the proper financial and tax advice before leaving the country so that they could plan.

He said there were many misconceptions around exit tax in particular which he described as “almost a last bite” for SARS to get a cut out of your assets before leaving for good.

The Independent on Saturday


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Three Sisters Who Have Strict Parents Get Impregnated By Their Gardener 




A gardener has successfully impregnated three sisters at the same time.

These three sisters were unable to explore the outside world due to the strict parents they have who virtually controlled every aspect of their lives.

In a bid to explore their sex lives, these three Kenyan sisters had to rely on the poor gardener who always came around to work.

It was learned that the only close friend they had was the gardener who routinely visits to tend the flowers in their home.

Their once-close friendship had developed into a romantic bond, and the gardener began having private encounters with the sisters without the knowledge of their strict parents.

It was discovered that this continued for a while before the ladies all caught on, surprising their devout Christian parents.

According to rumours going around, the gardener had only been intimate with the secondborn up until the firstborn discovered them and requested that the same treatment be given to her in order to purchase her silence.

The last born was also involved in the tryst, but it’s unclear how she found out.

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“I’m Grateful” : Thoughtful American Mum Pregnant With Son’s 5th Baby At 56




American Nancy Hauck will deliver her granddaughter. Photo: People

A mother has revealed she is pregnant with her own son’s baby after he and his wife struggled to conceive for years. 

Nancy Hauck, a 56-year-old mum-of-five and administrator from St George, Utah, decided to be a surrogate for her 32-year-old son Jeff and his wife Cambria, 30, as her daughter-in-law was unable to carry more children after undergoing a hysterectomy.

Knowing Jeff loved being a father and wanted to grow his brood, Nancy tentatively volunteered to carry a child for the couple, but had concerns it wouldn’t be possible due to her age.

However, the embryo successfully transferred earlier this year, with Nancy due to give birth to her grandchild in November.

“I never imagined I would be pregnant at 56 or that this would be possible, but it is the most beautiful thing,” Nancy told the British news agency South West News Service (SWNS), as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Jeff and Cambria had long struggled with fertility issues, undergoing IVF treatment for six years before falling pregnant their now-three-year-old twins, Vera and Ayva. Not long after, the couple conceived another set of twins, 11-month-old Diseal and Luka.

However, the traumatic birth meant Cambria was required to undergo a hysterectomy, an invasive procedure that surgically removes a woman’s uterus. The procedure may also involve the removal of the cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes, meaning the woman will no longer be able to get pregnant. As per Health Navigator, hysterectomies are often carried out to treat conditions that affect the female reproductive system, including bleeding problems, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, prolapse or cancer.

Despite being unable to carry more children, the couple had remaining frozen embryos they were hoping could be implanted into a surrogate – and Nancy decided to volunteer.

“I just had a feeling a few months after that I should offer to do it,” she said.

“I told my son, and he teared up and was shocked – I hadn’t even told my husband at that point, but he was really supportive.

“I feel very powerful carrying my son’s daughter… I think this is quite a rare thing to do. I never planned for it, but I am so glad I chose to carry my son’s baby.”

Jeff, 32, and Cambria Hauck, 30, and their two sets of twins.

Jeff, 32, and Cambria Hauck, 30, and their two sets of twins. Photo credit: Jeff Hauck / Facebook

Surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby for a couple who are unable to conceive or carry a child themselves. Such couples may include those who have suffered recurrent miscarriages, repeated IVF failures, premature menopause or a hysterectomy.

Straight surrogacy involves using the surrogate’s egg and the intended father’s sperm; the least expensive and simplest form of the procedure. Host surrogacy, which is the case for the Hauck family, requires IVF with either the intended mother’s eggs or donor eggs, rather than those of the surrogate. In this case, the surrogate is typically unrelated to the baby, and donor eggs can be from friends or relatives, or anonymously donated.

After approaching fertility experts with their proposal, doctors had concerns about Nancy’s age; however, an exam found she could still be a viable carrier for the couple as long as they acted before she entered menopause.

“I left the choice up to Jeff and Cambria. They’d just had their twins, so it was very quick after to have another baby. But they decided to go for it.”

Jason, 59, and Nancy Hauck, 56.

Jason, 59, and Nancy Hauck, 56. Photo credit: Nancy Hauck / Facebook

Nancy began hormone treatment in January 2022, injecting herself daily for 12 weeks with the help of her husband and Jeff’s father, Jason. The fertilised embryo was transferred into her uterus a month later – and 26 years after Nancy’s last pregnancy.

Speaking to the news service, Jeff said his mother’s selfless act has left him in awe of her “kindness, love, strength, attitude, wisdom, and dedication”.

“She is sacrificing so much for us, and our family and we just feel so grateful. It has been so miraculous and beautiful,” Cambria added, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

In May, the family discovered they were expecting a baby girl, who is due to be born on November 5.

“There is no repayment for something like that – all I can do is follow the example my parents have set and try to give that same level of love and devotion to my own family and to others,” Jeff concluded.

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