MEGHAN MCCAIN: Amber Heard should FIRE her public relations team and go away
She’s baaaack! In fact, she never left.
If you didn’t get enough Amber Heard during a six-week libel lawsuit from her ex-husband Johnny Deep, then you’re in luck.
A few weeks after a jury found her story downright implausible and deemed Depp the winner in the lawsuit, she again tells her side of the story on NBC’s Dateline on Friday night. Clips of the interview with Savannah Guthrie have been trickling out for days.
But haven’t we already done this? Isn’t our pop culture media completely saturated with all things Johnny Depp and Amber Heard?
The sad truth for Heard is that she and her legal team have lost, and they’ve lost a lot — not just in court, but in the court of public opinion.
A member of her jury has come out publicly to say that “they didn’t believe her crocodile tears” and that she “made them uncomfortable” by how many times she looked at them in the jury box.
A quick walk on Twitter gives the impression that most people agree with that assessment.
Judging by my nearly 20 years in politics and the media, I can safely say that Heard should fire her PR team.
They took no time to pause and think.
Judging by my nearly 20 years in politics and the media, I can safely say Heard should fire her PR team
Has Heard wondered: Why didn’t the jury believe me? Is there anything I could have done differently?
It seems she didn’t ask those questions.
Heard tried to explain to Guthrie — as she did in court — why she failed to keep her promise to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
“I’ve made a commitment, and that commitment is naturally made over time,” she said.
FYI, Heard and Depp divorced in 2016.
Aside from Heard’s obvious credibility issues — perhaps the bigger problem for Heard is that she’s become a scapegoat for something bigger than herself or even Captain Jack Sparrow.
She symbolizes a failure in the MeToo movement.
There was a time when just being a woman suggested that you were incapable of lying.
I’ve always thought that 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 cheating as men. And to simply give women the benefit of the doubt is unfair.
When mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers saw Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wrongfully raided by the Democrats during the Supreme Court hearing, they saw their innocent sons, brothers, cousins and grandsons.
When we looked at Depp-Heard’s trial, we saw a dysfunctional couple abusing each other. And we rejected Heard’s attempt to arm the MeToo movement against a man who seemed to torture and manipulate her just as much as he did her.
“The frenzy of hate,” in the words of New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, towards Heard is nonetheless surprising.
Unfortunately, much of the pent-up anger over MeToo has been unjustly unleashed on one woman.
Depp plays it very smart, just make a statement after the trial, thank his supporters and go on tour with music
Goldberg believes – like all those who come from Wokeistan, forced to say that she – Heard. And she thinks the backlash against her reflects a new wave of “anti-feminism.”
I think the backlash against Heard is a necessary correction for feminism on the run.
That’s why I say to Amber: Please take a break.
The level of abuse and bile directed at her is not justified. She is a woman who has made a big mistake. But it’s not just her fault.
She has come to represent what many see as women who have armed a movement for their own personal gain.
That said, America loves a redemption story and Amber could very well have hers in the future if she doesn’t screw up now.
So listen, Amber — we can’t miss you if you don’t leave.
Heard (above, center) tried to explain to Guthrie — as she did in court — why she failed to keep her promise to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to the ACLU and the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.
There are many figures in pop culture who would benefit from a revisionist view of their treatment by the media: Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Monica Lewinsky.
We look back at how the media and the American public treated those women. But progress takes time and perspective.
There’s certainly a possibility Heard will take a similarly sympathetic stance, but she has to give us a break from the circus to get there.
Depp is playing it really smart, just making a statement after the trial, thanking his supporters and going on a music tour.
Amber and her team seem determined to change a story that is truly impossible right now.
We can’t miss you if you don’t leave.