Helena Bonham Carter has spoken out about her hatred of cancel culture by speaking out about the “witch hunt” against fellow stars Johnny Depp and JK Rowling.
The Harry Potter actress, 56, claimed there would be “millions” of people who could be written off if you “looked closely enough” at her personal life.
When asked about the issue during a new interview with the sunday time, Helena said: ‘Do you forbid a genius his sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal lives you would write them off.
Not for me! Helena Bonham Carter has spoken out about her hatred of cancel culture by speaking out about the ‘witch hunt’ against her fellow hers stars Johnny Depp and JK Rowling (pictured recently).
‘You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there is a kind of witch hunt and misunderstanding.
Helena, who has worked alongside a host of stars at the center of the #MeToo movement, including Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen, declared that there is “no going back” for some high-profile celebrities, as she mentioned to Kevin Spacey.
Kevin continues to face legal issues related to sexual misconduct and is currently facing four counts of sexual assault against three whistleblowers in the UK, with a trial date set for June 2023.
However, Helena claimed that her Sweeney Todd co-star Johnny Depp, 59, has been “completely vindicated” as his ex-wife Amber Heard first accused him of domestic abuse.
Opinion: The 56-year-old Harry Potter actress claimed there would be ‘millions’ of people who could be written off if you ‘look closely enough’ at her personal life (pictured with Depp in 2009)
Helena said Johnny “definitely went through it” as she referred to the highly publicized defamation trial with Heard, as he accused her of defaming him by labeling him a domestic abuser in a 2018 op-ed.
Johnny is godfather to his children Billy Ray, 18, and Nell, 14, whom he shares with his ex Tim Burton, the director of a series of films starring Helena and Johnny.
Stating that the allegations against Johnny did not ring entirely true, he said: “There’s something quite old-fashioned about Johnny, with these manners.”
Interview: Helena also spoke about the ‘persecution’ of JK Rowling, who has also been an influential star at the center of a ‘cancel culture’ storm due to her views on women-only spaces (pictured together in 2010)
Asked if the case was the ‘MeToo pendulum’ swinging back, Helena said: ‘My opinion is that it went on that pendulum. That’s the problem with these things: that people jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and to be the poster girl.
Helena also spoke about the “persecution” of JK Rowling, who has also been an influential star in the eye of a “cancel culture” storm due to her views on women-only spaces.
Speaking about JK’s treatment, which has ranged from trolling online to burning his books, Helena called it: “horrendous and a bunch of b***cks.”
She said: ‘It has been taken to the extreme, the judgment of the people. Your opinion is welcome, especially if you have been abused. Everyone carries their own story of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain. Not everyone has to agree on everything, that would be crazy and boring. He doesn’t say it aggressively, he just says something based on his own experience.
Ex-Archives: Johnny is godfather to his children Billy Ray, 18, and Nell, 14, whom he shares with his ex Tim Burton, and the director of a series of films starring Helena and Johnny (Helena and Tim pictured together in 2011)
Helena did not criticize her Harry Potter co-stars, who include Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, for speaking out against JK.
The Bellatrix Lestrange actress said she didn’t think the stars were ‘ungrateful’ after JK’s writing launched them into stratospheric stardom, but rather that they were protecting their own fanbase and generation.
Helena’s latest interview comes after fellow actress Emma Thompson admitted she was “completely blindsided” by ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with Helena and said she felt “unsympathetic” after finding out.
The 63-year-old actress married Kenneth, 61, in 1989, just two years after they met, but his relationship with Helena ended their six-year marriage in 1995.
Love triangle: Helena’s latest interview comes after fellow actress Emma Thompson admitted she was “completely blind” to ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with Helena and said she felt “unsympathetic” after finding out
Helena is believed to have started an affair with Kenneth in 1994 while playing his love interest in her version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. They continued to have a five-year relationship.
Speaking to the New Yorker, Emma admitted she was “humiliated” by the affair and felt it was “unsympathetic” after being devastated by Kenneth’s infidelity.
She told the publication: “I was completely blind to the fact that he had relationships with other women on set.”
‘What I learned was how easy it is to be blinded by your own desire to fool yourself.’
He was half alive. Any sense of being a lovable or dignified person was completely gone,” he added.
Two years before Helena met Kenneth and began their affair, he had worked with Emma in the 1992 romantic drama film Howard’s End.
Since the affair, the couple have also worked together on the Harry Potter series, with Emma playing Professor Trelawney and Helena playing Bellatrix.
Emma previously admitted that she had long “forgave” Helena and channeled her feelings of betrayal to play a wronged wife in the hit film Love Actually.
Revealing how she bounced back from the devastation, Emma said it was her now-husband of 27 years, Greg Wise, who “picked up the pieces and put them back together.”
Ex-husband: The actress, 63, married Kenneth, 61, in 1989, just two years after they met, but his affair with Helena ended with their six-year marriage in 1995