The defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is a major issue these days, but psychologists say the viral response to the lawsuit reveals widespread misogyny in society.
According to a story by The Independent, the Aquaman actress has become the target of internet mockery.
Surprisingly, a slew of memes and videos have resurfaced on the internet mocking Heard’s body language and facial expression while testifying.
Jessica Taylor, a well-known psychologist who specialises in sexual violence and victim blaming, expounded on the online reaction to the Depp-Heard case.
“The case has brought out the worst in individuals and highlighted the brutal truth of scorn for women, as well as exposing the trivialization of domestic abuse,” she said.
Taylor claimed that the body language used to either “condemn and scrutinise” Heard or “to defend and encourage” Depp was employed since the defamation case was televised like a “reality TV show or some form of entertainment.”
Thousands of women who have been victims of domestic abuse are “frightened by the way Amber has been ripped apart, insulted, and humiliated,” according to Taylor.
“The trial has instilled in these women a sense of disbelief, as they realise that if that could happen to a millionaire actress with a legal team, anything might happen to them as ordinary women attempting to navigate the judicial system,” she said.
“Cruel memes about [the] actress” illustrate that “society doesn’t believe women, and never has,” according to Taylor.
“This trial has revealed that actual biases and a lack of sympathy still exist and influence millions of individuals while claiming to support victims and women,” the psychologist said.