Helena Bonham Carter has appeared to throw her support behind Johnny Depp and J.K. Rowling, who have both been recently subjected to cancel culture.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the Harry Potter actress said that anyone is in danger of being cancelled if you dissected their personal life.
“Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them,” the 56-year-old told the outlet.
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“You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there’s a kind of witch-hunt and a lack of understanding.”
Although Carter says there is no redeeming the likes of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein following their high-profile sexual assault cases, she appeared to claim stars such as Depp and Rowling should not be so harshly judged.
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When asked if she thought the pendulum was swinging back in Depp’s favour after he mostly won his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard in June, Carter replied: “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.”
Carter added that she’s thrilled Depp – her co-star in the 2007 film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – is “completely vindicated” after being out through the legal gauntlet but “I think he’s fine now. Totally fine.”
As for Rowling – who caught the internet’s wrath in 2020 after her tweets were perceived to be transphobic – Carter said her predicament reeks of the tall poppy syndrome.
“I think there’s a lot of envy unfortunately and the need to tear people down that motors a lot of this cancelling,” Carter told The Sunday Times.
“It’s horrendous, a load of bollocks. I think she has been hounded. It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people.”
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“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,” said Carter, who worked with Rowling in the Harry Potter films.
“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.”
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