BY MAX MCAULIFF, WRITER
Society is obsessed with celebrities. The Kardashians, the D’Amelios and Addison Rae are all celebrities who have made a career out of announcing their lives on social media. Famous actors and actresses like Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are also always in the spotlight. The two were briefly married before divorcing in 2017 amid domestic abuse allegations. While it’s sometimes a good thing to be in the spotlight, in Depp and Heard’s current case, that’s not the case.
Depp and Heard are in the midst of a widely publicized court battle. Johnny Depp has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, who in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed called Depp a “public figure representing domestic violence.” Heard filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp, claiming he defamed her by saying her abuse allegations were false.
The trial is expected to last six weeks and has been making the rounds on social media since it began last week. Every day new clips of the trial are released on social media, and soon the public is speaking out on what they think of the trial. Howard Stern even commented recently calling Depp a “narcissist” who is trying to “charm America” during the trial.
The obsession with the Depp v. Heard only reinforces society’s obsession with celebrity lives. I give credit to the Kardashians. They’ve built an empire on society’s obsession with the famous rich. However, a line has to be drawn when it comes to who is obsessed. It’s okay to be obsessed with Kim Kardashian’s love life or Rihanna’s pregnancy. But obsessing over a trial, with abuse charges back and forth, is where you have to draw a line.
Perhaps society’s obsession comes from the fact that we are used to seeing these people entertaining us on screen. This serves as another form of entertainment. Perhaps the media, which constantly shoves celebrity gossip in our faces, should be blamed. Or other celebrities like Howard Stern and Joe Rogan, whose comments on the matter only let more people see it.
There must be a difference between private life and public life for all celebrities. In this case, this line has been deleted. People with little understanding of the situation and the case are blasting their opinions on social media for the masses to see. Two people’s lives and careers are at stake. This is not a reality TV show. Obsessed with the Kardashians if you will, but leave the libel suit between the divorced couple alone.