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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Believe All Women Except the Heard-Depp Jurors

The Guardian’s Mori Donegan used some vulgar language in her Wednesday column to reject a jury’s verdict that Hollywood actress Amber Heard’s #MeToo allegations were defamatory lies.

WHAT SHE SAID

Donegan devoted nearly 1,500 words to condemning the mixed-sex jury, the American public and of course the plaintiff in the case, Heard’s ex-husband, movie star Johnny Depp.

  • But the headline of the column pretty much says it all: “The Amber Heard-Johnny Deppy Trial Was a Public Orgy of Misogny.”

NOT SATISFIED?: Here are several more choice excerpts from Donegan’s essay:

  • “The strange, illogical, and unjust ruling has the effect of sanctioning Depp’s alleged abuse of Heard, and of punishing Heard for speaking about it. It will have a devastating effect on survivors, who will be silenced, now, with the knowledge that they cannot speak about their violent experiences at men’s hands without the threat of a ruinous libel suit. In that sense, women’s speech just became a lot less free.”
  • “The audio of [Heard] crying [on the stand] became a TikTok trend. This cruelty has now been joined in and compounded by the jury, who have gone beyond mocking her for telling her story, and now declared that she actually broke the law by doing so.”
  • “The trial has turned into a public orgy of misogyny. While most of the vitriol is nominally directed at Heard, it is hard to shake the feeling that really, it is directed at all women – and in particular, at those of us who spoke out about gendered abuse and sexual violence during the height of the #MeToo movement.”
  • “The forces of misogynist reaction are perhaps even stronger now for having been temporarily repressed. Where once women refused, en masse, to keep men’s secrets, or to remain silent about the truth of their own lives, now, a resurgence of sexism, virulent online harassment and the threat of lawsuits, all aim to compel women back into silence – by force.”
  • “In some ways, one could see the defamation suit itself as an extension of Depp’s abuse of Heard, a way to prolong his humiliation and control over her. The only difference is that now, the legal system and the public have been conscripted to take part.”

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