TikTok Trend: Videos mocking the testimony of Amber Heard in the Depp case

A bizarre and disturbing trend has gripped TikTok in recent days: dozens of posts on the short-form video service – some garnering millions of views – use video or audio from Amber Heard’s harrowing testimony at the Johnny Depp trial, with dramatic video creators repeating the drama. she or she is otherwise mocked.

The trend includes this video, which has more than 30 million views in five days, with a video of Heard testifying emotionally in the stands covered with a clip of Kim Kardashian in a judge’s gown from a “Saturday Night Live” sketch that says, “Ew, this is so creepy. . “

In total, videos with the hashtag “amberturd” have been viewed more than 1.2 billion times to date, according to TikTok’s website. Among them is this video, by user TikToka @sansanjovs, which has been viewed nearly 10 million times, featuring a mocking reconstruction of Heard’s testimony.

Another viral TikTok is this video, viewed more than 14 million times since it was released on Sunday, and it shows a cat with a blue wig (supposed to represent Heard) and as Depp Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean”. As Rolling Stone previously reported, a 9-second video – with the caption “Johnny looks so innocent!” – uses Heard’s audio recording from the trial, saying: “I was coming out of the bedroom. [Depp] he slapped me in the face. And I said, ‘Johnny, you hit me. You just hit me. “

According to TikTok, he has removed several such videos using Heard’s testimony that the company says has violated its anti-abuse rules and says it will continue to enforce those rules. TikTok’s community guidelines state in part that they prohibit “Content that belittles victims of violent tragedies.” In addition, according to TikTok policies, “we remove expressions of abuse, including threats or degrading statements with the intent to ridicule, humiliate, shame, intimidate or injure an individual.”

But apart from the three videos above, a number of TikToks who perform audio and / or video from Heard’s testimony and use it in a derogatory way still remained on the platform on Monday afternoon.

In testimony last week, Heard told jurors about several cases where Depp hit her, screamed at her and pushed her to the ground. “It’s horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything,” she said at the May 4 tribune. “This is the most painful and difficult thing I’ve ever been through.”

Depp sued Heard for $ 50 million, alleging that she ruined his career by alluding to her allegations of domestic abuse in a 2018 article for the Washington Post (though she did not name him in the text).

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