Johnny Depp’s Fantastic Beasts casting is another slap in the face for women

Liv Rafferty /
Nov 18, 2016 / Opinion

In a week where the impossible became the possible, the most misogynist, under-qualified man became president of the United States of America. A man who claimed “when you’re a star, they let you anything to women“, a man who bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy” and a man – a term I use very loosely – who has had a string of sexual assault allegations against his name. Yet despite all this mistreatment, demeaning and dam right abuse of women and their rights, he still rose to power with no obstacles in his way.

The rise of this hideous, xenophobic, idiotic and frankly quite a creepy man has shattered women’s faith in justice all over the world. Proving our society is still as backwards, sexist and driven by male chauvinistic bastards as when the Suffragettes were fighting for our right to vote. Brave, courageous women spoke out about the horrific things Trump had done, yet the imbecile still becomes president, how will anyone ever again have the bravery to come forward?

The polls wrongly predicted this shocking turn of events and lulled us all into a false sense of security once again, déjà vu, a la Brexit. It has epitomised the hatred fuelled direction society is heading in, it won’t be long before anarchy ensues. It underpins peoples misinformed ideas that minorities are taking our jobs, or that building a wall or rejecting immigrants is the right thing to do, or that women shouldn’t have control over their own fucking bodies; yeah, I’m looking at you Mike Pence you dickhead.

As if it could not get any better, the icing on top of this miserable cake, is the fact that Johnny Depp has been cast in the five-film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Franchise. Resulting in further monetary gains and celebrity status all whilst brushing under the carpet his recent acrimonious divorce and domestic abuse case. With even J.K Rolling letting down the side defending the casting of Depp in the films, even after her prominent public stance in standing against misogyny.

Now, I can’t deny as much as the next person what a fantastic actor Johnny Depp is and I have no doubt he will play the part brilliantly. However, the question of justice an integrity come to the fore, the film industry is obviously a fickle one and maybe I was naïve to think they’d have any morals, in at least attempting to seem reluctant in giving the multi-million-pound deal to an alleged abuser.

Alas, here we are today with Trump abusing women and still becoming President, Depp domestically abusing his wife and landing one of the biggest deals of his career thus far and not to mention fucking Bono winning Glamour’s Woman of the Year award, again evidence that society thinks a man is needed to validate a campaign to make it worthwhile. Sacrilege!

Johnny Depp’s casting is rightly so highly controversial; one can’t help but question where is the punishment is. Where he has had time-out from his longstanding, successful career to face up to these allegations. Instead of setting is feet firmly in the ground of a multi-billion pound, already-extremely-successful, franchise.

Time and time again it seems like the women’s choices are limited. There is no doubt in my mind that if the shoe were on the other foot, the backlash would be mammoth. Despite it being Johnny who raged against his wife, his career prospects are not limited and his world simply keeps on turning on an axel of success. Whilst other people are having to defend his choices, it seems only one gender has this lavish, consistent flow of true freedom. Whilst women are held back by bounds of much lesser magnitude then allegations of domestic abuse.

Words by Liv Rafferty

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