No, holding a woman accountable for her actions is NOT misogyny
What some have dubbed ‘the trial of the century’ is drawing to a conclusion. And as it does so, some voices in the media have begun labeling criticism of Amber Heard as “misogyny”. I find this laughable as just recently she was more or less caught committing perjury on the stand. Not for the first time, either. Why must we infantilize a woman who clearly is in the wrong here and continue to make excuses for her terrible behavior?
At this point it’s hard not to side with Depp when, yes, Amber Heard literally committed perjury on the stand the other day. She claimed she would donate a settlement her embattled ex-husband paid her would be donated in full to a charity for battered women. This was a lie — she never paid a penny. Only part of the money donated in her name was received by charity and was actually paid for by Elon Musk, her one-time fling.
“I could not have paid it! I was being sued by Johnny Depp,” Heard explained, “and as a result I was unable to fulfill my financial obligations.” This was a lie — there was a thirteen month(!) gap between Heard being sued and her receiving the initial ammunt of seven million. So she had ample opportunity to donate the money, she just… didn’t really want to? And I can understand it to a degree, seven million dollars is a lot of cash and she wasn’t exactly A-list material at any point in her not-so-illustrious career. Still, lying under oath, repeatedly? Not a good look.
To blame the well-deserved public backlash at Heard’s copious moral failings on “misogyny” is a gross misdirection of the truth. You know there is a movie called Gone Girl. In it the main character, a lying, manipulative woman, frames a man for raping her by penetrating herself with a bottle of wine. This causes substantial internal damage to the point where it appears like evidence of rape. She’s quite literally looking at movies for ‘inspiration’ of her supposed abuse. Another tale of supposed sexual abuse was lifted word-for-word from a story Heard’s assistent at the time once shared of her own assault. Just how sick and demeneted can one person be, I ask you?
If you think holding a person accountable for their lies and their abuse is “misogyny” only because the person happens to be a woman and women are somehow naturally fragile and feeble creatures who need constant protection from the world? THAT is misogyny at its finest. Amber Heard is a woman who co-opts and appropriates the suffering of other women for financial gain. Her web of lies is coming undone in front of our eyes, her highly casual relationship with “the truth” revealed to the world at last.
And that’s a good thing. An important thing. The lines between victims and perpetrators of abuse can be blurry, and looks and even reputations can be deceiving. Amber Heard has used this to her advantage for a long time, but now things have reached a point where she no longer can. Watching the truth come out at last is intensely satisfying for anyone who ever suffered from having a manipulative sociopath in their lives.
They, too, can face consequences for their actions.