Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial was such public fodder. For weeks, the world analyzed each side, with Depp ultimately coming out as a winner. But some were against the way the show was televised, including actress Naomie Harris.
She says the media shoved the trial down our throats despite other pressing matters happening
The six-week trial was covered extensively, making it difficult for anyone to keep their eyes away from their TV screens or at minimum, read about it. Harris was one of those people, but she didn’t enjoy it.
“It’s hard not to have followed that case because it was so rammed down our throats every day,” Harris said, per IndieWire. “It was all over social media, all over the news, everywhere. I think there’s something quite disturbing about that, actually, because there are some serious events happening in the world that deserve much greater airtime than they’re having because this kind of thing is being aired.”
She says such cases shouldn’t be matters of the public.
“I don’t understand why, with something that should have been a very private case between two people, the whole world was allowed access to it,” she added. “I find it really bizarre and problematic. We televised that but not Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, which is much more relevant and important. I have real issues with that.”
How she feels the trial impacts the #MeToo Movement
Despite the outcome of the trial and whether or not they believe Heard, Harris says the #MeToo Movement lives on. “It’s way more powerful than one particular case and one individual,” Harris said, noting it’s had an “extremely powerful” reckoning in Hollywood with other cases. “It has a momentum that will not be derailed, it’s too entrenched. It will continue. Changes as a result of the #MeToo movement are in place now.”