Comedian/Space Bostonian Bill Burr has weighed in with his trademark bluntness on the ongoing legal battle between estranged former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. On a recent episode of his Monday Morning Podcast, Burr stated that he wondered if in the event that Depp’s legal team does win the defamation case against Heard whether unspecified people will apologize to the Pirates of the Caribbean star. Here are Bill Burr’s words:
[I]f he really does expose this woman for lying, I’m wondering if all these people that, you know, just accepted her lies about him if they’re going to apologize somehow.
The Mandalorian actor went on to state that “people” have “publically trashed” Johnny Depp over allegations of spousal abuse (that were upheld as reasonably true by a United Kingdom court, for the record) and that “Maybe next time we won’t jump to conclusions.” Given that Bill Burr is currently stating what he thinks should be the future actions of a generalized group of people based on the undetermined results of a complex trial still in process, it’s a bit rich of him to be stating that anyone should not be jumping to conclusions.
Bill Burr went on to state that “women’s groups” are in a situation in which “they see a woman that lies like this,” a situation in which a certain stand-up comic and star of The King of Staten Island seems very eager to jump to the conclusion that Amber Heard has lied in this trial or the preceding events. He also stated “You would think they would cover this,” which seems to be positing that one of the most publicized and analyzed trials in recent memory is not being discussed by women. We’ll just drop this and this and this right here.
Sometimes to his credit and certain always to his public persona, Bill Burr is never slow to comment on a nuanced situation. He recently spoke up in support of his former Mandalorian co-star Gina Carano, stating that her firing by Disney for alleged transphobic remarks and reportedly compared the fact that she was criticized for making political statements by people who disagreed with them with the Holocaust. In that circumstance, Burr stated his belief the left/progressive elements pursuing accountability for voluntary public statements dehumanizing people has essentially become the same as conservative ones in 2003 when country band the Chicks received death threats for saying they didn’t like that the then-President of the United States was from their home state of Texas.
It is unlikely that Bill Burr’s feelings on the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial will have much effect on whether either actor is due any apologies pending the outcome. A request by Heard’s legal team to dismiss the case midtrial was recently dismissed by the presiding judge and Heard herself is reportedly preparing to testify in court soon. The case hinges on Depp alleged defamation of his character in an op-ed published under Amber Heard’s name in 2018 in The Washington Post, which allegedly was ghostwritten by the ACLU. Depp is claiming that the op-ed (which did not mention him by name but was generally regarded as referring to him) caused him to lose acting jobs and was essentially a hoax. Heard is also counter-suing Depp, so we will likely be in this situation for some time to come. We will just have to wait and see what Bill Burr’s opinions on the subject are as they present themselves.