Armstrong Williams (26543)
Armstrong Williams

Amber Heard’s social media post, made in the wake of the verdict and which is peddling the notion that the outcome of the Depp/Heard trial is a setback for women, is shameful, to say the least. This case was not about women. This case was about nothing other than finding the truth, irrespective of gender. The world and the jury listened to Heard’s testimony and saw the evidence with their own eyes. Unsurprisingly, few people believed a word out of her mouth and most everyone, including the jury as reflected in the verdict, saw that she was a liar.

Powerful woman have used their platforms to propagate completely fabricated lies about domestic violence and sexual assault that occurred against them. We’ve seen so many despicable instances of this, look no further than the Justice Kavanagh hearings during his nomination process to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, this is just one of many examples. The blunt reality is that the “believe all women” narrative is a farce; it only serves to destroy the lives of good men and to make it impossible for men to have their side of the story told, even in cases when they themselves may be the victim. It should go without saying that men can lie and women can lie. Lying is not exclusive to one gender.

Believe the truth, that is what we should believe, full stop. If you are someone who is quick to judge others without hearing both sides of the story, then shame on you, as you are part of the problem. Johnny Depp’s victory is so much more than a personal victory and is perhaps a bigger victory for men across the U.S than it is for Depp. In the wake of the woke #MeToo movement, Americans have practically been forced to blindly believe the woman as if women are incapable of lying. Well, they can and while we should take these matters seriously; we should look at the evidence and facts before we just believe someone because they happen to be a woman.

The #MeToo movement taught us to automatically believe women. If an accusation against a man is made we are to accept the woman’s claims as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. On the other hand, the man is presumed guilty and regardless of what truth might later arise, he has likely already lost his career, family, friends and reputation. However, this isn’t how justice in America is supposed to work, there is a well established process where evidence is acquired and even the accused must have a chance to argue their innocence and recently that was no longer the case, until the Heard/Depp verdict.

Johnny Depp is the first man to successfully fight back against this attack and injustice. After his ex-wife Amber Heard wrote an op-ed, though not mentioning Depp by name, it was very clear that he was the man whom she was talking about and in it, stated she was a victim of domestic abuse from a marriage. The impact her article had on Depp and his work and financial earnings can’t be understated. They had a real and serious impact as companies like Disney who own the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise severed ties with the actor as a result of Heard’s claims. Now, Depp could have done what many have had to do, accept it, lose his career and become a pariah forever. Instead, however, Johnny fought back, he fought back against allegations that were clearly fishy and the jury clearly agreed with him, as did most of those viewing the trial around the country. He fought tooth and nail to win and to maintain his reputation, his career and the legacy he has built through years of dedication to his craft and hard work.

Despite Heard’s social media post, this victory is not to say that going forward men will not stand up for women who are actual victims of abuse or assault. This victory should simply remind us that in the United States, justice remains blind and fair regardless of gender, race or the woke left agenda. We must maintain that when an allegation is made it should be taken seriously, but that does not equate to blindly believing someone because of their gender and ruining someone’s career, livelihood and reputation because we may not have ALL of the facts! As the saying goes, the truth will win out and we owe it to each other the opportunity for justice.

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