Opinion: #MeToo includes men too

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Johnny Depp (left), Amber Heard (right)

We, as a society need to do a better job of getting the full story before we make assumptions before we destroy another innocent person’s reputation and career. The Me Too movement needs to be more accepting of violence and sexual assault that is committed against men because men can be victims too. 

Last week, Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard made headlines after an audio recording was released in which Heard admitted to hitting Depp and pelting him with pots, pans and vases. 

According to The Daily Mail, Heard, in one exchange with her husband, said, “I can’t promise I won’t get physical again. God, I get so f***ing mad sometimes I lose it.” 

More events from the altercation were later described as Heard mocking Depp for not being able to take a punch. 

“I’m sorry that I didn’t, uh, uh, hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you,” Heard said. “Babe, you’re not punched. I don’t know what the motion of my actual hand was, but you’re fine. I did not hurt you. I did not punch you. I was hitting you.”

She then taunted him for walking away from the fight.

“You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny,” Heard said. 

Depp was later heard responding to her comments, saying, “I left last night, honestly, I swear to you because I just couldn’t take the idea of more physicality. Baby, I told you this once, I’m scared to death we are a f***ing crime scene right now.”

The reason why these comments are so significant is that Heard had previously claimed that Depp was the perpetrator of the abuse, going so far as to hurt herself in an attempt to blame Depp for her injuries. 

According to Rolling Stone magazine, these false accusations led Universal Studios, as well as other production companies to terminate their contracts with Depp, despite Depp defending his innocence since the accusations started. 

The media, as well as the Me Too movement, found that it was better for their narrative to side with Heard over Depp. 

According to Variety, Heard became one of the faces of the #MeToo movement, hiding behind her hypocrisy for financial gain and recognition. 

Society was not willing to look at both sides of the story, meanwhile, one person’s career skyrocketed while the other’s destroyed.