amber heard in court

Law&Crime Network/YouTube

‘And thus ends the #MeToo movement’: Conservative women celebrate Johnny Depp’s victory over Amber Heard

They never liked #MeToo much, anyway.


Claire Goforth


Posted on Jun 1, 2022   Updated on Jun 1, 2022, 3:33 pm CDT

The defamation suit between former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard came to a close on Wednesday. The two accused one another of defamation and claimed the other abused them. The jury found that both defamed the other, but awarded Depp significantly higher damages—$15 million to Heard’s $2 million.

Conservatives online couldn’t be happier. They’d made the trial into a talisman for the #MeToo movement’s reckoning of the abuse and harassment disproportionately suffered by women at the hands of men.

The right-wing has grown increasingly resistant to the #MeToo movement. To them, Depp’s relative victory is much bigger than a single court case: It’s an indictment of #MeToo itself.

After the verdict was read, they wasted no time dancing on #MeToo’s grave. The chorus of cheers was especially strong from conservative women.

Right-wing commentator Ann Coulter didn’t mince words. “And thus ends the ‘#MeToo’ movement,” she tweeted moments after the announcement.

Former National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch was similarly blunt. “Amber Heard just destroyed ‘believe all women,’” Loesch wrote.

Even the Republican House Judiciary Committee couldn’t resist weighing in on the trial with a meme of Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Similarly, jubilant reactions poured in across right-wing Twitter, with women like Jeanine Pirro and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) going hard for Depp, despite the number of instances of abuse Heard testified to on the stand.

Within minutes of the verdict, #MenToo started trending on Twitter.

Some even used the hashtag to troll Heard, who posted a statement about her disappointment in the outcome.

It’s unknown whether either party plans to appeal the verdict.

Read more of the Daily Dot’s tech and politics coverage

Nevada’s GOP secretary of state candidate follows QAnon, neo-Nazi accounts on Gab, Telegram
Court filing in Bored Apes lawsuit revives claims founders built NFT empire on Nazi ideology
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Say hi to the Donald for us’: Florida police briefed armed right-wing group before they went to Jan. 6 protest
Inside the Proud Boys’ ties to ghost gun sales
‘Judas’: Gab users are furious its founder handed over data to the FBI without a subpoena
EXCLUSIVE: Anti-vax dating site that let people advertise ‘mRNA FREE’ semen left all its user data exposed
Sign up to receive the Daily Dot’s Internet Insider newsletter for urgent news from the frontline of online.
Share this article
*First Published: Jun 1, 2022, 3:31 pm CDT