MEGHAN MCCAIN: Amber Heard should FIRE her public relations team and go away until she and the rest of America figure out why we don’t just ‘believe’ women anymore
She’s baaaack! Actually, she never went away.
If you didn’t get enough Amber Heard over the course of a 6-week defamation trial brought by her ex-husband Johnny Deep then you’re in luck.
A few weeks after a jury found her story whole-heartedly unbelievable and deemed Depp the winner in the lawsuit, she is once again telling her side of the story on NBC’s Dateline on Friday night. Clips of the interview with Savannah Guthrie have been dribbling out for days.
But haven’t we already done this? Hasn’t our pop culture media been completely saturated with all things Johnny Depp and Amber Heard?
The sad truth for Heard is that she and her legal team lost and they lost big — not only in the courtroom, but in the court of public opinion.
A member of her jury has come out publicly to say that, ‘they did not believe her crocodile tears’ and that she ‘made them uncomfortable’ by how much she looked at them in the jury box.
A short stroll around Twitter gives one the impression that most people agree with that assessment.
Judging from my almost 20 years in politics and media, I can safely say that Heard should fire her public relations team.
They took no time to pause and reflect.
Judging from my almost 20 years in politics and media, I can safely say that Heard should fire her public relations team
Has Heard asked herself: why didn’t the jury believe me? Is there anything I could have done differently?
It appears that she hasn’t asked those questions.
Heard tried to explain to Guthrie – as she did in court — why she has not followed through on her pledge to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
‘I made a pledge, and that pledge is made over time by its nature,’ she said.
FYI – Heard and Depp divorced in 2016.
Putting Heard’s obvious credibility issues aside — perhaps the larger problem for Heard is that she has become a scapegoat for something greater than her or even Captain Jack Sparrow.
She has come to symbolize a failure in the MeToo movement.
There was a period when simply being a woman suggested that you were incapable of lying.
I always thought a movement based on the idea that you have to ‘believe’ a certain gender seemed insane.
Obviously, women are just as capable of lying and deceit as men are. And to simply grant women the benefit of the doubt is unfair.
When mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers saw Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh unfairly railroaded by Democrats during his Supreme Court hearing – they saw their innocent sons, brothers, nephews and grandsons.
When we watched the Depp-Heard trial, we saw a dysfunctional couple that abused each other. And we rejected Heard’s attempt to weaponize the MeToo movement against a man that she seemed to torture and manipulate as much as he did to her.
‘The frenzy of hatred,’ in the words of New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, towards Heard has been surprising nonetheless.
Unfortunately, a lot of the pent-up anger over MeToo has been unfairly unleashed on one woman.
Depp is playing it very smart, just simply putting out a statement after the trial, thanking his supporters and going on tour playing music
Goldberg – like all those hailing from Wokeistan are compelled to say that she – believes Heard. And she thinks that the backlash against her reflects a new wave of ‘anti-feminism.’
I think that the backlash against Heard is a necessary correction to feminism run amuck.
That’s why I’m telling Amber – please take a break.
The level of abuse and bile directed towards her is not warranted. She is one woman, who made a big mistake. But it is not her mistake alone.
She has come to represent what many see as women who have weaponized a movement for their own personal gain.
That being said, America loves a redemption story and Amber could very well have hers in the future, if she doesn’t blow it right now.
So listen Amber — we can’t miss you if you don’t go away.
Heard (above, middle) tried to explain to Guthrie – as she did in court — why she has not followed through on her pledge to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
There are many figures in pop culture who have benefit from a revisionist view of their treatment by the media: Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Monica Lewinsky.
We look back on how the media and the American public treated those women. But progress takes time and perspective.
There is certainly a possibility that a similar sympathetic viewpoint will be applied to Heard, but she has to give us a break from the circus to get there.
Depp is playing it very smart, just simply putting out a statement after the trial, thanking his supporters and going on tour playing music.
Amber and her team seem hell bent on trying to change a narrative that is truly impossible to do at this very moment.
We cannot miss you, if you will not go away.