For years, men living in Western society have been excoriated, ridiculed, abused, and emasculated by an emboldened subgroup of radical third-wave feminists proclaiming victimhood, while reaping the benefits of a societal structure that took their false accusations at face value, and showered them with a huge influx of political power.
This week, it all came crashing down, thanks to a landmark case involving Hollywood’s most hilariously dysfunctional couple – Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. The verdict came down swift, and it was bad news for Heard, who is now on the hook for millions of dollars in damages following her defamatory statements against Depp.
Heard managed to score a single win in her countersuit to the tune of $2 million, but it was peanuts compared to the $15 million in total damages awarded to Depp. The jury is still out (no pun intended) on whether Depp will receive that entire amount, due to the fact that Amber Heard’s own lawyer has revealed she cannot possibly pay it.
Nevertheless, this was never about money. For all his personal foibles, substance abuse issues, and questionable life decisions, Johnny Depp put himself squarely in the public eye, and bared a treasure trove of embarrassing secrets, all for the sake of taking down a vitriolic narcissist and pathological liar.
We should thank him…begrudgingly.
THE END OF A MOVEMENT
The fallout from this case signals an end (at least for now) to the much-ballyhooed #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, comprised largely of hypocrites who saw fit to turn a blind eye to the very same injustices they were screaming about. The eyeroll-inducing “believe all women” quickly became the catch phrase of the day, but it all came crashing down in record time.
Things really became problematic for the movement when the ever-reliable Hillary Clinton decided to extend her support, seemingly oblivious to the fact that she spent most of the 1990s running down and slandering her philandering, adulterous husband’s many accusers. Then, the dominoes began to fall, one by one.
Later, Hollywood actress Rose McGowan ripped the façade off of Time’s Up, openly scathing the great many hypocrites leading the charge. Simultaneously, #MeToo alum Alyssa Milano was busy giving free passes to those on the coveted exemption list, particularly current U.S. President Joe Biden.
As the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements rose to prominence, so too did a number of imaginative and clever pejoratives meant to further demonize men, designed to sound like they were lifted out of a medical textbook. It was an attempt to boost the credibility of an altogether vicious and discriminatory argument, with a far-reaching agenda.
In the end, both movements were brought down by their own double-standards, which is a travesty for actual female victims of assault. Waiting in the wings was a contingent of morally bankrupt opportunists looking to capitalize on the animus for their own personal gain; the most infamous of which was Amber Heard.
She was brought down by her own ineptitude, beginning with an ill-advised hit piece against Depp, followed by stone-cold evidence proving that she, not he, was the agitator and aggressor in the relationship. When she finally took the stand, Heard was quickly overwhelmed by Depp’s sharp-as-a-tack legal team, who capitalized on her chronic fibbing, distortion of facts, and bizarre behavior.
Depp’s win means big things for the future of pop culture as a whole, though it remains to be seen how things play out. It is possible that Depp will find himself back in the good graces of Hollywood, where he’s able to pick up jobs again, but that depends a lot on whether studios want to court a guy who just made a spectacle of himself in front of the entire world.
Heard, on the other hand, may wish to open an OnlyFans account, as it’s doubtful she’ll be standing in front of a movie camera any time soon.
In other words, the battle was won, but the war is far from over. It will take more than just one celebrity winning a defamation lawsuit to roll back the odometer of anti-male hate that has taken root over the last two decades. However, the victory is a definite wakeup call that only a fool would dare ignore.
TIES TO WOKE CAPITALISM
Most major corporations in North America have been infiltrated by predatory radical Left-wing Woke brigades intent on hijacking each one, and using them as propaganda mouthpieces to effect destructive social change. The phenomenon is still relatively new, but it’s already dying on the vine as the population rejects the ideology outright.
The demonization of males ties into the overall concept of Woke politics, and its attempt to sink a hatchet into the skull of the nuclear family. Pop culture has been inundated with countless examples of men being portrayed as weaklings, beta males, and morons, while their female opposites are do-no-wrong Mary Sues exhibiting the most clichéd aspects of the “girl power” craze.
This typically involves 5’2″ actresses beating up 6’4″ male bodybuilders and hurling them around like rag dolls, or rabid, incessant psychological abuse and demoralization of male characters, just for the sake of it.
It’s left audiences scratching their heads in confusion. Exactly how many times must radical feminists and Woke zealots shout this narrative from the rooftops? It’s as if they’re trying to convince themselves of the strength of their arguments.
Shows like The CW’s Batwoman and Naomi championed intersectional feminism over anything resembling competent writing, and both have since been axed after suffering abysmal ratings. Meanwhile, Hollywood films like The 355 debuted to empty theaters and a global box office haul of just $18 million, versus an estimated $40-$70 million dollar budget.
Conversely, Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean films have grossed around $4.5 billion dollars in combined ticket sales. It has nothing to do with any bias in favor of male actors, and everything to do with clueless writers choosing to use women as political pawns in a war they started, yet can’t seem to win.
THE SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY
The Left’s delusional fixation with forced diversity and inclusion has shattered the barriers of common sense, and alienated vast swathes of pop culture fans in the process. The incessant fiddling of a Stradivarius for every conceivable identity group has turned into an unintelligible cacophony of double standards and contradictions.
Women have been weaponized on two fronts, and the overall strength of the feminist movement has been crushed under the weight of it all. On the one hand, the Left hold women up as the pinnacle of human perfection; better, stronger, faster, and more intelligent than men, in every way.
On the other hand, they undermine their very existence by allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports, where they routinely get thrashed by those born with greater muscle mass, higher levels of testosterone, and stronger bone structure.
This kind of double standard has left many radical feminists feeling as if they’ve been taken advantage of by a political Left that claims to stand in their defense, yet is keen to mothball them at a moment’s notice when convenient. Hell, they aren’t even “mothers” anymore, but “birthing persons,” thanks to the Left’s newfound belief that men can also get pregnant and have babies.
It’s a never-ending see-saw where women are propped up one moment, only to have their very existence denied the next. In the middle are average folks staring cross-eyed at a movement that has twisted itself into a logical pretzel it cannot escape from. Point it out, and you’ll simply be labeled a “bigot.”
TO ME-TOO, OR NOT TO ME-TOO
The Heard vs. Depp case successfully shattered one of the Left’s most vital and crucial narratives, and neither all the King’s horses nor men can put it back together again. The public is now acutely aware of what’s happened, and it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to tie it into the broader scope of everything that has happened in the last few years.
Should another #MeToo or Time’s Up movement rise from the ashes of what came before, it will immediately be scrutinized by a far more skeptical and pessimistic population. It’s the Black Lives Matter effect all over again, where the majority of Americans were fully on board with the message, only to be disillusioned by the disgusting behavior of the organization, and its scam artist founders.
In both instances, it’s the real, actual victims of crimes who will suffer. Just as BLM and sociopathic race-hoaxers like Jussie Smollett made it much harder to believe accusations of racism directed towards minorities, so too has Amber Heard made it more difficult for victims of actual sexual and physical abuse to come forward.
In nearly all instances, the perpetrators stand on the Left of the ideological spectrum, which is really quite astonishing. Hollywood routinely proselytizes its own moral superiority and the need for everyone else to “do better,” yet it seems to churn out people who are routinely insidious and predatory. If the Left are running the show, then why so many problems?
Any corporation even remotely attached to anything pop culture-related will have to tread very carefully in the aftermath of yesterday’s verdict. Disney seems the most likely candidate to keep doubling down on stupid, as evidenced by the recent debacle involving Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi actress Moses Ingram.
Who else wants to play the intersectional feminist card, I wonder? Who among America’s corporate collegiate will get the message, and who will keep running into the concrete wall of reality?
Again, it all hinges on what happens next in a post Heard vs. Depp world. One thing’s for certain – the framework of identity politics was just hit with a massive mortar shell, and it’s going to have far-reaching implications as more men learn from Johnny Depp’s example, and start fighting back.
Amber Heard was caught on tape saying the quiet part out loud – a court of law would never convict a woman accusing a man of sexual and physical abuse. She was wrong, but one has to wonder what would have happened if the evidence wasn’t there to support the counter-argument. Do we owe this victory to Depp’s handling of the situation, or Heard’s own incompetence?
Hard to say, but those who wish to follow in her stead, celebrity or no, had better rethink their position. Meanwhile, America’s cultural institutions may want to flush the “men are scum, women are perfect” nonsense, and take a page out of Top Gun: Maverick’s book. It turns out that sanity, reality, great storytelling, and awesome characters are big hits with audiences. Who knew?
In the meantime, you can join in the fight by pointing all this out, and identifying those who took part in the scheme to defame Johnny Depp. An appropriate target of ridicule and harsh criticism is the ACLU, who ghostwrote the infamous Washington Post op-ed that defamed Depp, and single-handedly crashed his Hollywood career.
For years, the ACLU was considered a bastion of free speech and equal rights, regardless of the individual or parties in question. Now, like so many of America’s institutions, it has been hijacked by extreme-radical Left-wing activists with an axe to grind, and an agenda to fulfill.
The ACLU teamed up with Amber Heard to kick the legs out of one of Hollywood’s biggest male stars, in exchange for millions of dollars in donations. In an era of seemingly non-stop bombshell scandals tied directly to members of the political Left, this is yet another log on the bonfire.
Remember, this is the same ACLU who plunked $1 million down on ads which compared Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to serial rapists like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby. This was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the ACLU’s newfound Woke and politically partisan shenanigans; the antithesis of everything the organization once stood for.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the media’s culpability and active participation in this mess. YouTube will still shadow ban and censor pundits who so much as mention either Heard or Depp by name, and the predictable cabal of Left-wing pseudo-journalists were quick to hop on Amber Heard’s train, until they realized that she was quickly running out of tracks.
And finally, don’t forget the Washington Post’s culpability, either. This is the same Washington Post who actively ran defense and coverups for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and radical Islam (to name a few), while contradicting its own articles regarding widespread voter fraud in the U.S.
Either way, Depp’s messy personal life has somehow managed to secure a foothold on the proverbial beaches of Woke Normandy. All we need do is press inward, onward, and refuse to surrender until the enemy’s ideology has been thoroughly vanquished. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.