Helena Bonham Carter explains how she feels about so-called cancel culture, along with sharing her thoughts on embattled public figures like Johnny Depp and JK Rowling.
during an interview with times Posted online on Saturday, Bonham Carter slams the idea that someone’s personal life should influence their career: “Would you ban a genius because of his sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely at their personal lives you would disqualify them.” You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It’s getting completely hysterical and there’s some kind of witch-hunt and lack of understanding.”
When asked if there was a path to redemption for these Hollywood notables, the Oscar-nominated actress said, “I don’t think there’s someone like Kevin Spacey. And Johnny definitely went through it.”
Responding to a follow-up question specifically about Depp, with whom she has starred in several films and is godfather to the two children she shares with ex-partner Tim Burton, Bonham Carter said she feels Pirates of the Caribbean The star was completely acquitted after his high-profile trial involving his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Added Bonham Carter, “I think he’s fine now. Totally fine.”
When asked if a Virginia jury awarding Depp $15 million in his defamation lawsuit against Heard earlier this year was a sign that the #MeToo pendulum has swung backwards, Bonham Carter replied, “My point is that she’s got that pendulum.” That’s the problem with this stuff — that people are going to jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and be the girl that inspires it.”
During the trial, Depp denied ever hitting Heard and accused her of lying about his alcohol and drug use. He and Bonham Carter have worked together in films including corpse of the brideAnd the Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryAnd the Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetAnd the Alice in Wonderland And the Dark shades.
The actress was also excited about the backlash that had Harry Potter Author Rowling has received comments for comments that have been criticized as transphobic. Bonham Carter played Bellatrix Lestrange in the most recent four Harry Potter Movies.
“It’s awful, a load of shells. I think it’s a stalker,” Bonham Carter said of Rowling. “People’s judgment has been taken to an extreme. You let her opinion out, especially if she was being abused. Everyone has their own history of trauma and they form their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people are coming from and their pain. You don’t all have to agree on everything – that would be crazy and boring. She doesn’t mean it forcefully, she’s just saying something from her own experience.”
When asked about the stars of the film series — such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint — who have spoken out about Rowling’s remarks, Bonham Carter said, “Personally I feel they should let her have her opinions, but I think she’s very aware of protecting their own fan base and their generation.” .
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