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Opinion: Why It’s Time to Believe Amber Heard

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Amber Heard at the Depp v. Heard defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 28. photo: Getty Images

Raven Smith of Vogue – Where to begin with the online cesspit that is Depp v. Heard? Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ll know that the ex-spouses are back in court.

Johnny Depp is seeking damages of $50 million after Amber Heard wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018 in which she spoke of being a victim of domestic abuse (without ever explicitly naming Depp). The minutiae being combed through at the trial has come to feel less like a lawsuit and more like a torturous exorcism of the past, a thorough and painful raking over the coals of their four-year entanglement.

The details of both Depp and Heard’s testimonies are harrowing all by themselves—gruesome, violent, and containing deeply intimate anecdotes about their relationship. Broadly speaking, witness testimonies can be persuasive, and with two actors in the dock, we can never be sure of the absolute truth. Still, despite the fact that London’s High Court previously found allegations that Depp was a “wife beater”to be “substantially true,” the internet appears to have overwhelmingly picked Depp’s side. Last week #JusticeForJohnnyDepp was trending on Twitter; yesterday, it was #AmberTurd.

Go on social media, and the anti-Heard sentiment is palpable. The memes have been ferocious, sometimes consisting of a spot-the-difference comparison with domestic-abuse victims; at other times, televised courtroom footage has been appropriated to openly mock her appearance. It is plain misogyny. The company behind the makeup compact Heard used to hide her bruises even made a TikTok disputing her claims. Heard is being systematically jeered at and ridiculed like a medieval criminal in the stocks as she catalogs historic abuse, as she alleges rape. Have we completely lost track of the severity of these allegations?

We all understand that Depp fans will side with Depp. But even the less aggressively Depp-pilled of us want to believe that the Caribbean pirate is blameless—if not squeaky clean then at least under the duress of drug addiction or acting out of character; that his violence can be somewhat explained away by a lapse of judgment or circumstance or both. We certainly don’t want to believe that this entire court case is a precise and conniving operation in discrediting Heard, regardless of what she has to say, regardless of her truth.

I don’t want to think about what this is saying to victims of abuse who are considering coming forward. And regardless of what Heard did or didn’t suffer at the hands of Depp, isn’t the relentless memeing of her a form of violence in itself? Is the pummeling by social media not a type of psychological assault? Are we not witnessing a modern-day witch trial?

Some weeks the internet is buoyant, all of us kept afloat by daft dresses and Kardashian weddings and Marvel actors saying they’ve never been in the same room. Other weeks it just feels too heavy. We’re watching people actively seek out humor in domestic abuse as Roe v. Wadeis terrorized by pro-lifers and as we see yet more episodes of racially aggravated violence. We’ll rally, we always rally, but right here, right now, it feels shit.

I spend a lot of time wondering if everyone’s lost the plot—if the erosion of empathy we see online has rendered us so inherently unkind as a species that there’s no return. I don’t want to despair for humanity. I want to believe that some of us are offline and mildly compassionate or compassionate in a way that doesn’t get tweeted about—that you’re all out there being nice to each other and I’m reporting on a tiny cluster of internet users with pitchforks.

Though I’ve felt myself veering toward it, I can no longer “both sides” this. It’s time to draw a line. It’s time to believe women—all women. It’s time to believe Heard. The British courts believed Depp beat his ex-wife. What’s stopping the rest of us?

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Amerado Drops His Much Awaited G.I.N.A. Album

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Reigning 3 Music Awards Rapper of the Y ear, Amerado Burner, has released his debut album. He released it in the early hours of Tuesday, October 25.

The rapper proves how versatile he is by having songs of numerous music genres on the album dubbed G.I.N.A., an acronym for God Is Never Asleep.

Younger K.A., as he calls himself, has songs in the genres of afrobeats, hiplife, reggae, and highlife on his long-awaited body of work.

Listening to the 10-track album will made you hear voices of the great and well-known talents from all over the world like Fameye, Efya, Epixode, Eno, Lasmid, Simba, and Laïoung.

The versatile artist shocked his fans and has managed to win new fans with his amazing singing prowess.

Songs like Grace, 666, No Stress, Got You, as well as Pay Me were put together to make the album a huge success.

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Stream the album using the link below:

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Shakira Faces Eight Years In Jail And £19million Fine Over £12m Tax Fraud

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Spanish prosecutors have recommended that the singer Shakira be imprisoned for eight years and two months for tax fraud, the Spanish newspaper El País reported.

They also said she should pay a fine of $23.51 million (23.7 million euros), El País reported.

Spanish prosecutors first filed charges against Shakira in 2018, saying she failed to pay $16.3 million (14.5 million euro) in tax there.

Prosecutors said Shakira was spending so much time in Spain — as she was dating the Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué — that she owed the country tax, El País reported.

Shakira and Piqué announced their separation after 11 years last month.

Shakira rejected a plea deal with Spanish prosecutors earlier this week and opted to take the case to trial.

The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer’s publicists said in a statement that she “trusts her innocence and chooses to leave the issue in the hands of the law,” according to Billboard.

Shakira said since the investigation started she had been legally residing in the Bahamas, El País reported. She said she was not living in Spain, Reuters reported.

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Amber Heard’s Beauty is Latest Weapon for Johnny Depp Fans | Opinion

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They get unfathomably furious when she goes to the shops. They froth with vitriol when she dares to open her mouth on television. Now the latest—and perhaps strangest—thing that Johnny Depp‘s troll army loves to attack Amber Heard with is her own beauty.

“She didn’t deserve this beauty,” moaned one Tik Tok account that attracted half a million likes and thousands of comments in agreement. “The real definition of never judge someone by their looks,” grumbled another, in a post that was just as popular.

Other accounts are gleeful about the aging process, because apparently older women aren’t attractive. “Can you imagine how sad a woman Amber Heard will be when her beauty fades?” asked one Twitter account. “Beauty fades, better bag you some old dude before you’re too old,” said another.

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Amber Heard in the courtroom of her defamation trial with her ex-husband Johnny Depp, in Fairfax, Virginia, on June 1, 2022. Depp’s fans have recently attacked Amber Heard for her physical beauty, claiming she has bewitched their idol. Evelyn Hockstein/Getty Images

While a third lot of trolls meanly compared her looks to others—Kate Moss, of course, the supermodel who stuck by Johnny, or his ex-wife Vanessa Paradis of whom he wrote in a text message to Elton John: “extortionist French c***.” But Vanessa was a good girl, she stood by Johnny and therefore all is forgiven.

Because the real—unspoken—problem with this beautiful woman is that she dared to open her mouth and criticize a popular man. She had the audacity to talk about her poisonous and abusive relationship with an older multimillionaire who has made a handful of good films and a bucketful of bad ones. For that she will never be forgiven. What a witch! Burn her! Or, as Johnny wrote to his friend Paul Bettany: “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! Will f*** her burnt corpse afterward to make sure she’s dead.”

This new obsession with Amber’s facial loveliness started when someone unearthed a 2016 story about how a British cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Julian De Silva, said Amber had the perfect face according to the Greek Golden Ratio phi—which measures distances on the face from the nose to the top lip and the lip to the chin.

To say that has sent the deranged attack dogs onto Amber’s scent would be an understatement. Even as they acknowledge her beauty, they turn it to poison. The idea that Amber bewitched Johnny with said beauty has become so prevalent there are social media accounts linking the actress to the old TV series about witches, Bewitched. Because of course it was her fault that Johnny fell in love with her.

The idea that women use their beauty against men is practically as old as time. Dear old Eve using her womanly wiles to tempt Adam into betraying himself was perhaps the first example—the misogyny of that story echoes down our culture in the West.

It’s why in many places women are still forced by men to hide their beauty—their ankles, their hair, sometimes even their eyes. Because otherwise their attractiveness will lead men astray. Amber’s surface beauty is the excuse they need—she bewitched him and she made him do those bad things that he did. The victim is the real perpetrator, or as other social media attacks have it, “a snake in the grass” and “venomous.”

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Dr. Julian De Silva, said Amber had the perfect face according to the Greek Golden Ratio phi—which measures distances on the face from the nose to the top lip and the lip to the chin. Getty

None of us need reminding that we still live in a misogynistic culture—however many gains women have made, there are always men to bring us down and try and control our bodies. That some males—people who know that a beauty such as Amber would never once look their way—are incensed at the audacity of Amber to speak is one thing.

But the saddest thing about this internet hatred is that some of it comes from women too. Yes, we all love to judge, and many of us may have been hurt by the beauty of another—a boyfriend, husband or girlfriend may have had their head turned—but one reason why the patriarchy is so powerful is that women can be quick to turn on one another.

No one ‘deserves’ beauty; it’s a gift just as an ear for music, a way with numbers or a brilliance at languages is. And no one deserves to be attacked simply because they are beautiful.

When it comes to Amber, who has seen her career stalled, her wealth under threat and her life taken up with this battle with her ex for four years, perhaps the judges on the internet, so quick to demand real beauty needs to come from the inside too, could look to themselves, see what they have written and recognize the ugliness within.

Source : Newsweek.com

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