The popularity of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s trial is not to be mistaken as non-existent. Tiktok, the popular social media app has started a weird trend because of the trial. Multiple videos have been made on Amber’s testimony at the defamation suit.
Such videos have millions of views and has various creators mocking the actress by dancing or re-enacting it. A popular video which has also made its way to Instagram has over 30 million views. This comes within five days of the clip being created.
The video has Heard testifying as she is almost on the verge of tears. It is then overlapped with Kim Kardashian’s SNL clip in a judge’s robe. She is saying, “Ew, this is so cringe. Guilty.”
There have been several TikToks under the hashtag ‘amberturd’ which has been receiving millions of views. According to TikTok, the hashtag is viewed over 1.2 billion times. Another TIkTok which caught a lot of attention has a user named @sansanjovs mocking Amber by reenacting her testimony.
Another video that went viral and was viewed over 14 million times had a cat with a blonde wig (depicting Amber) and Johnny’s Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. The 9-second video clip is captioned, “Johnny looks so innocent!”
In the TikTok, Amber’s testimony is heard where she says, “I was walking out of the bedroom. [Depp] slapped me across the face. And I said, ‘Johnny, you hit me. You just hit me.”
The social media app has removed several videos that use her testimony as the audio. As per the company, it violates the anti-bullying policies and they claim to continue to use these rules. According to the Community Guidelines of TikTok, these videos prohibits content that “disparages victims of violent tragedies”.
The company also claims, “We remove expressions of abuse, including threats or degrading statements intended to mock, humiliate, embarrass, intimidate or hurt an individual.”
But despite these policies, many such videos were still on the platform using Amber’s testimony as the audio. In court, the actress had claimed how reliving this and sitting here for weeks is the most painful and difficult thing she has gone through.
Johnny sued Heard for $50 million as he claimed her op-ed destroyed his career.