Now that the defamation trial between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has concluded, a lot of people have their own opinions on the final verdict. The celebrity trial received a ton of attention from the public, and it is clear that not everyone is happy about that. This also includes Whoopi Goldberg and her fellow The View hosts, and it is for one of the most outrageous and unnecessary of reasons.
“So, is it just that people now have to find something else to do because now you know they’re not going to pay the same attention to the January 6 Committee, you know people aren’t going to be all into that,” complained Goldberg, asking those around her “is it why people are asking of these questions?”
Long-time host Joy Behar admitted that she “did not watch this at all”, but still decided to take a swipe at Depp by noting: “Donald Jr. and Megyn Kelly and a few others think that Johnny Depp was right, so take what you can from that.”
So from the looks of that statement, the results of the trial cannot be good at all if Donald Trump Jr. and others like him support it (according to Behar’s on-par judgment).
The complaints about the trial continued in full-swing thanks to the show’s special guest: “conservative” commentator Tara Setmayer. She rambled about the amount of attention the trial was getting, talking about the memes, how Depp did his “Captain Jack Sparrow voice” at one point, and how she just didn’t “like the celebrity spectacle of it.”
However, after that, she agreed with Goldberg by stating “more people care about this than they will about the January 6 hearings next week and in the next couple weeks,” expressing that this lowly celebrity trial is dwarfed by the importance of the Democrat-led January 6 Committee.
Setmayer proclaimed the importance of the hearings by exclaiming that they are “actually about defending our democracy and an insurrection.” What was more striking was when she said January 6 and its aftermath are things that “affects all of us in this country.”
Viewers surely took a step back to reflect on this for a little bit, maybe even rolled their eyes while watching this segment. The infamous January 6 events took place over a year ago and Americans are preoccupied with trying to get by day-to-day with inflation and gas prices soaring.
In addition, the trial that just ended involved the actor that played one of the most iconic pirates in cinema and the other actress who starred alongside Jason Momoa in the Aquaman movies. Therefore, more people are going to want to follow that than something that occurred over a year ago.
January 6 has become a political obsession of people on the left as they again try to make it into an issue during an election year. So, keeping that in mind, why would Americans struggling to get by focus on something that has no bearing on their lives? It is safe to say that most Americans have long moved on from an event that happened over a year ago.
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ABC’s The View
11:17:30 a.m. Eastern
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Welcome back, one of the most high-profile salacious court cases in recent memory is over. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were both found libel of defaming each other so Depp ended up with a little over 10 million while Heard got 2 million. Now, some people called the verdict a big win for Depp and a big blow to the #MeToo movement and vice versa.
So, is it just that people now have to find something else to do because now you know they’re not going to pay the same attention to the January 6 committee, you know people aren’t going to be all into that. So, is it, people need a spectacle?
TARA SETMAYER: Yes.
GOLDBERG: Is it why people are asking of these questions?
SUNNY HOSTIN: Well—
HOSTIN: Well I did start following the trial. And I will say I think people were surprised that Johnny Depp was successful. He actually won the libel trial in all counts and it was a jury trial so you have five men and two women and they said across the board, that he prevailed in 3 counts of defamation. So this was really a loss for Amber Heard. And she won one count, but it was that his lawyer defamed her, not that Johnny Depp defamed her. And so—
GOLDBERG: So, who pays that? Who pays that, because—does Johnny Depp have to pay that since it was his lawyer?
HOSTIN: Yeah- uhh- I’m not sure how he’s going to work that out with his lawyer right, but she has to pay him over $10 million and the jury actually awarded him $15 million but there was a cap of $350,000 so he’s not going to get all that money.
But I think don’t it’s the death of the #MeToo movement because if you really look at the stats, while one in three women certainly are physically abused, 1 in 4 men are physically abused. So, the notion that the #MeToo movement only applies to women is really a misnomer.
SETMAYER: And I just don’t like the celebrity spectacle of it because like Whoopi said, more people care about this than they will about the January 6 hearings next week and in the next couple weeks, which is actually about defending our democracy and an insurrection that affects all of us in this country, not some stupid celebrity trial you know, when they’re yelling and sniping at each other. I just think we need not to minimize those things, cheapen it.
JOY BEHAR: I did not watch this at all, zi-zip, I have nothing. But I do know that Donald Jr. and Megyn Kelly and a few others think that Johnny Depp was right, so take it what you can from that. That’s all I have to say about it, I have no idea what went on.