'Me Too is over BECAUSE of women like her': Amber Heard's 'imperfect victim' tag triggers Johnny Depp fans

Journalist Martha Gill wrote an article for The Guardian titled, '#MeToo is over if we don’t listen to ‘imperfect victims’ like Amber Heard'


                            'Me Too is over BECAUSE of women like her': Amber Heard's 'imperfect victim' tag triggers Johnny Depp fans
Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard in March 2019, alleging a column Heard wrote in The Washington Post about domestic violence was defamatory (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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The sensational defamation trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp continues to dominate headlines, and now an op-ed calling the 'Aquaman' actress an "imperfect victim" has sparked outrage among her ex-husband's fans online.

Political journalist Martha Gill wrote an article for The Guardian titled, "#MeToo is over if we don’t listen to ‘imperfect victims’ like Amber Heard," which was criticized for being biased and prejudiced. Heard, 36, is battling a defamation lawsuit brought on by Depp, 58, who is seeking more than $50 million in damages over a 2018 op-ed in which the actress claimed to be a domestic abuse survivor. While Depp was not mentioned in the article, his lawyers have argued the implications were obvious and damaged their client's career prospects. Heard has countersued for $100 million.

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"The backlash to the #MeToo movement was always coming. We know this because a backlash has followed every single step forward feminists have ever made," Gill wrote for The Guardian.  “The notion that Heard is a master manipulator, fantasist, and abuser has gone viral on social media and in some more traditional outlets," she continued, adding that “every sexist trope ever used to humiliate and discredit female accusers has been deployed against her on a massive scale.”

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"Heard’s tormentors, many of them young women, do not seem to see themselves as anti-feminist. They believe women, of course – just not this one. It is not they who are damaging #MeToo, it is Heard – by virtue of being an imperfect victim," Gill declared. Depp's fans, however, noted that the article failed to recognize that Heard's critics weren't necessarily opposed to female survivors or the #MeToo movement, but were largely reacting to the actress' admission in taped recordings that she abused her ex-husband. Many pointed out how Depp was called a "wife-beater" for years despite any concrete evidence against him.

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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend the "Black Mass" Virgin Atlantic Gala screening during the BFI London Film Festival, at Odeon Leicester Square on October 11, 2015, in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)

"So Johnny Depp gets called "wife-beater" for YEARS despite any concrete evidence against him, and now when there are TONS of evidence that Amber Heard lied and abused Johnny Depp, she gets called "imperfect victim"?!!? what a world we live in," one fan tweeted. "Is it #TimesUp for #MeToo ? Is it time for #MenToo? A female abuser is a criminal, not an “imperfect victim.” A woman who makes a false allegation is a criminal, not an “imperfect victim.” Demonizing all men as bad was never the solution ~ it was always the problem. #MenToo," author Greg Ellis wrote.

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"Calling amber heard an "imperfect victim" is the biggest piece of bulls**t I have seen in years," another added. "Funny how Amber is allowed to be "an imperfect victim" after all the incriminating evidence against her when Johnny can't even fall asleep upright on a chair without it being used against him," someone else offered. "'Tell them, I, Johnny Depp, I'm a victim of domestic abuse ... and see how many people believe or side with you.' An absolutely shameful narrative for your "imperfect" victim of abuse to have, no? #MeToo is over BECAUSE of women like Amber Heard," another chimed i

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