We are the generations of lazy liars.
Social media generations are lazy liars.
And I say this with absolute knowledge of the words I use.
People will say things and as long as is the ‘right’ thing to say at a given time, people will be applaud and celebrated for fighting the good cause.
The reason why I use Johnny Depp as an example is because I know the case really well; I can recognise the lies and use sources to prove they are lies. However, and that’s the saddest part isn’t it? however, lies don’t start and end with Johnny Depp. They are everywhere around us; coming from all sides, the good and the bad.
You’ll be surprised how many lies people say in the name of the ‘good‘. I used to be naive and believe it was due to ignorance and the need to support an abuse victim. That is not the case.
If someone believes Amber Heard was a victim of domestic violence or abuse at the hands of Johnny Depp because of x evidence they found on the internet eg. bruised face photos and the video «released» (sic) on TMZ, my reply is OK. I may explain how none of this alone proves he was violent or abusive towards her, but it’s an opinion based on facts. The photos exist. The video exists.
And even if they don’t want to see the other side, again, I’m -almost- OK with their decision to err on the side of the alleged victim. As long as they don’t give a damn they may err at the expense of an innocent man possibly falsely and maliciously accused of domestic violence there’s nothing for me to say. It’s their choice.
You know? What can I do?
But here come the lies. So many of them shared in social media and media alike. With no intention of taking them back even when they are called out for those. If they were honest mistakes, they would take them back since they are offered all kinds of proof that what they say it’s a lie. They never do.
It’s easy to say «I was wrongly informed. What I wrote was false and I apologise» even if they still continue to have the same opinion.
They never do.
They take their cue from media, so who can blame them?
Everybody should blame them.
Just because inside their own head they do something in the name of good (if even that, not so certain any more; sometimes I think the idea behind the lies is to get more followers; good cause —-> lies to support it —–> followers) doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good.
The whole «I was a Johnny Depp fan until he abused his wife so now I hate him» doesn’t give anyone a badge of honour if they support their hate with lies.
The whole «Women get abused and a. police doesn’t care, b. society doesn’t care, c. plus d or whatever» doesn’t make the lies anything more than lies.
Lies are still lies.
My intention isn’t to call specific people out for their lies; I use as an example but I will cover their name.
Bring Johnny Depp’s name into a story that has nothing to do with him.
Why? Come on, you’re intelligent people! Because his name sells, either as a loved actor, or the scapegoat of the decade.
- L’Oreal fired their model because of her post in facebook.
- Dior on the other hand, uses Johnny Depp, among other stars, in their LoveChain Campaign.
χιλ. means thousands (it’s greek)
My very personal opinion is that in this demonised «western world of racism» people of all races, sexual orientation, genders etc have the right to speak, to protest, to demonstrate, to fight for their rights. Europe had its Enlightenment some centuries ago.
I don’t know if the non white, non western world is less racist though and more tolerant of their minorities (which arguably is white people). Now, don’t get me wrong, we have our problems, our racists, our bigots, our haters, but «all white people» are not born in UK or USA. People in Europe are racists towards white people of different ethnicities; half of Christian Europe has been under the Ottoman Empire for centuries until World War I. People in Asia may have a different take in regards to racism as well. So this Anglo-American centric way of seeing things is insulting to the rest of us, non Anglo-Americans, who haven’t conquered the world in over a millennium, but have been conquered by people of a different non-Christian religion (that Americans would most probably describe as non-white but they themselves very wisely use their ethnicity instead of what colour their skin has) or were occupied by the Nazis in World War II. So, no my friend, not «all white people are racists» but rather «all people are racists» or more wisely «some people from all races and ethnicities may be racists».
All people who will find themselves on a state of power/control over others have the capacity of using their power to oppress others.
Whether you agree with me or with her, it doesn’t matter. The thing is she wrote that post.
So, why would anyone put these two cases together? Let me think, likes and retweets and more followers?
Do you know what hasn’t happened? Johnny Depp was never found guilty of domestic violence. (I have a great number of posts about the subject so I won’t be repeating myself.)
So the blogger who made the post got some replies informing them of facts that explain that not one of us knows if Johnny Depp actually abused Amber Heard (as opposed to the posts in facebook that actually happened). What does blogger do?
Step two: lie.
No, I wouldn’t think of calling them an idiot, they’ re just a liar.
Depp was never found innocent. He settled and used his money to evade the law.
Don’t know where blogger comes from, but in the bad western world, you don’t prove innocence. You aren’t found innocent. You are found either guilty, or not guilty.
There is a little something called Presumption of Innocence -a.k.a. the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies- is the principle that one is considered innocent unless proven guilty. And, Depp was never proven guilty.
Under the presumption of innocence, the legal burden of proof is thus on the prosecution, which must collect and present compelling evidence to the trier of fact.
To add to this, I’m not exactly certain in what legal case Depp could have been found innocent, to be totally honest. His ex wife didn’t press charges against him, she didn’t file a report and the ‘incident’ which caused the DVRO request (that was granted temporarily) was investigated twice by the LAPD. Both times stated there was no evidence of abuse.
There was a hearing for a P(ermanent)R(estraining)O(rder) , but she dropped it in August 11, 2016. They settled their divorce in August 16, 2016. That’s five days later. A working week, in my country. She took money for the divorce. The money she received had nothing to do with the abuse accusations because she had already dropped her PRO request.
(Little titbit you will find in the PRO link: «The person seeking a permanent restraining order does not have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that such an order is necessary. Rather, at this type of hearing, the petitioner need only demonstrate that clear and convincing evidence exists to suggest that the respondent has threatened the petitioner and that a permanent restraining order is necessary to protect the interests and welfare of the petitioner.» A.K.A. not that hard to get one if your life is actually in danger or if you’re really in fear for your life)
& is now suing his ex manager for corroborating Heard’s story.
Johnny Depp launched a 25 million-dollar court action against his former business managers in January 14. He has filed a lawsuit against The Management Group (TMG) over claims he has been the victim of «gross mismanagement» which has cost him «tens of millions of dollars».
According to documents filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Depp, claimed the company and its owners, Joel and Robert Mandel, failed to properly pay his taxes, made unauthorised loans and overpaid for security and other services.
He has filed 11 complaints, including fraud, breach of contract and professional negligence, and is seeking damages of more than 25 million dollars.
The complaint states: «As a result of years of gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud, Mr Depp lost tens of millions of dollars and has been forced to dispose of significant assets to pay for TMG’s self-dealing and gross misconduct.
«In essence, TMG treated Mr Depp’s income as their own, available to either TMG or third parties to draw upon as desired.»
In countersuit, Johnny Depp’s former business managers alleged extravagant spending in the end of January. In May 1, they amended their countersuit & claimed they were «informed and believe» Johnny Depp «became physical towards his ex wife». [x]
Chronologically speaking, Mr. Depp sued his former managers first, before they made many claims against him, some of which were proven lies e.g. ear piece in their COUNTERsuit.
A tweet consists of 140 characters; I cannot for the life of me understand how someone can fill it with such lies. All in the name of good.
This person, presumably has a moral ground, right? They are fighting for a good cause, right? For equality and against racism!
Only they kid themselves. They support their -questionable to begin with- opinion with lies, slandering a man, hurting a man’s reputation with lies. Knowingly. There’s nothing naive, nothing innocent in their tweets. Just lies.
This is how two causes (anti-racism & pro-equality) are harmed. How can I believe this person ever again? Or anyone else who liked/retweeted them?
If they are so certain about their opinion why lie?
This is how social media activism takes place; «I fill space with lies and then mute everyone else. Because basically I hate the western world where democratic ideas were born».
All in the name of good.
PS. And more lies just for the heck of it:
Sorry for the sloppy covering. I had turned off my photo editing programme when I saw this.
There is literally no video of a drunk Johnny Depp throwing a wine bottle at Amber Heard’s head on the internet. Trust me, if there was there would also be thousands of screencaps and gifs proving it. What’s another lie in the grant scheme of things, after all?