It’s probably safe to say the internet is not a place to hide for alleged sexual predators and wife beaters.
Warner Bros teased Thursday a first official look at Gellert Grindelwald, the villain in J.K. Rowling’s smash Harry Potter spinoff series “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”
But fans are horrified that Johnny Depp is still in the movie.
— アデル(pomta) (@pomta5426) November 16, 2017
Last year, Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard claimed he abused her after she was seen with bruises on her face and around her eye. Heard later dropped the charges and the couple divorced shortly thereafter.
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF JOHNNY DEPP pic.twitter.com/ZaPgfhgJiD
— rafa (@rafaelkjls) November 16, 2017
But the damage had been done. Johnny Depp was seen as abuse, and nobody wanted any part of him.
And now that he’s a part of what is sure to be a hugely successful blockbuster, people really, really don’t want any part of him.
Why are we letting Johnny Depp still be a thing
— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) November 16, 2017
I wholeheartedly agree that Johnny Depp is a fantastic beast. However, I wish I did not know where to find him. https://t.co/WcjBZCmb7A
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) November 16, 2017
recast grindelwald for christ sake
1. depp's an abuser
2. he doesn't fit that role AT ALL he looks terrible as grindelwald, i can't seem to find him credible. colin farrell had done an amazing job, bring him back or cast someone else but just get johnny depp out of this
— calypso (@mafipotter) November 16, 2017
The Crimes of Grindelwald
Crime #1: Being Johnny Depp pic.twitter.com/02RBE9zpdS
— kaDAMN GIRL (@kadeengriffiths) November 16, 2017
J.K. Rowling in 1997: Harry Potter vs. Voldemort is a story of good vs. evil.
J.K. Rowling in 2017: I situated Grindelwald on the far right and Dumbledore on the far left to symbolize how the neo-nazis have no chance against antifa. pic.twitter.com/5QqWIyVv72
— Jacob Shamsian (@JayShams) November 16, 2017
If they can cut & reshoot Kevin Spacey out of an entire film then #FantasticBeasts has no excuse for keeping known abuser Johnny Depp.
— Erynne Hundley (@Erynne_Hundley) November 16, 2017
This is a fair point. Just last week, Kevin Spacey was cut from his upcoming Ridley Scott movie, “All The Money In The World” after sexual harassment allegations surfaced against the actor. Although Spacey is not the film’s protagonist, the movie is due out in five weeks and substituting all relevant scenes with his replacement is no easy task.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald” is due out in November 2018. If pressure continues to mount against the actor, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him pulled too.