MOVIE NEWS – Helena Bonham Carter recently gave an interview to The Times in which she shared her views on, among other things, the recent behaviour of some celebrities and their reactions to it.
Months after the libel trial, Helena Bonham Carter has taken a strong stand for Johnny Depp. She feels that the controversial actor has successfully come clean. Depp has been accused of domestic violence for years, culminating in Heard describing herself as an abuse survivor in a 2018 opinion piece for The Washington Post. The two sued each other for defamation, but the jury sided strongly with Depp. Heard’s accusations were described mainly as malicious fabrications designed to derail Depp’s career.
In a new interview with The Times, Carter weighed in on the situation with Depp. She is a long-time friend of Depp’s, and they have previously appeared in seven films together. Depp is also godfather to her two children. Clearly, someone who knows Depp well and does not buy the allegations against him. Of the trial, Carter says that the jury’s verdict vindicated Depp and restored his image in the public eye.
“Oh, I think he’s completely vindicated. I think he’s fine now. Totally fine.”
Carter then suggests that Heard sat up on his pendulum when asked whether the jury’s decision was the result of the “pendulum of #MeToo swinging back.” He seems to imply that Heard simply wanted to be part of the #MeToo “bandwagon”. She saw an opportunity to become a “poster girl” for it, regardless of the damage it might have done to her ex-husband.
“My view is that [Heard] got on that pendulum. That’s the problem with these things – that people will jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and to be the poster girl for it.”
Helena Bonham Carter feels the online vitriol against J.K. Rowling is unjustified
J.K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter, has been criticised for her controversial comments about the transgender community. But for Helena Bonham Carter, the reactions have been far exaggerated. At this point, it is no secret that Rowling has come under fire for her views on transgender rights. Several stars of the Harry Potter franchise continue to speak out on the issue in various interviews. Daniel Radcliffe was among those who said they disagreed with Rowling, while Ralph Fiennes recently called the online “verbal abuse” of the author “disgusting”. Carter is not judging Rowling.
The actress feels that the controversy against Rowling is “extreme” and argues that the author has her reasons for having this opinion.
Rowling has previously described being traumatised by sexual abuse, which has influenced her views on hot topics concerning transgender rights. For example, whether to allow transgender women access to women’s restrooms and changing rooms. Carter wants people to bear this in mind before judging Rowling harshly. As Carter puts it in the interview:
“It’s horrendous, a load of b******s. I think [Rowling] has been hounded. It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She’s allowed her opinion, particularly if she’s suffered abuse… Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain. You don’t all have to agree on everything – that would be insane and boring. She’s not meaning it aggressively, she’s just saying something out of her own experience.”
Source: The Times