Helena Bonham Carter Ripping Cancel Culture; Protect Rowling, Johnny Depp – The Hollywood Reporter

Helena Bonham Carter is making it pretty clear how she feels about the so-called cancellation culture, along with sharing her thoughts on struggling public figures like Johnny Depp and JK Rowling .

In an interview with Time published online Saturday, Bonham Carter criticized the notion that someone’s personal life will affect their career: “Would you ban a genius from practicing their sexuality? There are millions of people who, if you look closely at their personal lives, you would exclude them. You can’t ban people. I hate the cancellation culture. It has become quite hysterical and has a kind of witch hunt and ignorance.”

When asked if there was a way to redeem Hollywood celebrities, the Oscar-nominated actress said: “I don’t think there’s a way for someone like Kevin Spacey. And Johnny has definitely been through that.”

In response to a follow-up question specifically about Depp, who has starred with her in many films and is godfather to two children she has with ex Tim Burton, Bonham Carter said she felt the same way. . But the pirate of the Caribbean the star is “totally vindicated” following his high-profile trial involving ex-wife Amber Heard. Bonham Carter added: “I think he’s fine now. Totally fine.”

When asked if a Virginia jury awarding Depp $15 million in a defamation lawsuit against Heard earlier this year was a sign that the #MeToo pendulum is back, Bonham Carter replied: My view is that she followed that pendulum. That’s the problem with these – that people will jump into the band because it’s trending and be the poster girl for it.

During the trial, Depp denied ever hitting Heard and accused her of lying about his use of alcohol and drugs. He and Bonham Carter have worked together on films including corpse bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Devil Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and Dark.

The actress was also carefree about that backlash Harry Potter author Rowling has received comments that have been criticized as sublime. Bonham Carter has played Bellatrix Lestrange in the last four seasons Harry Potter film.

“It was horrible, a bunch of stupid stuff. I think she was hunted,” Bonham Carter said of Rowling. “It has reached its climax, the judgment of the people. She allows her opinion, especially if she is being abused. Everyone has a history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma, and you have to respect people’s origins and their pain. You all don’t have to agree on everything – that’s crazy and boring. She doesn’t mean to be aggressive, she’s just saying something from her own experience.

When asked about the stars of the series — such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint — who have spoken out about Rowling’s remarks, Bonham Carter said, “Personally, I feel they should let her take it. opinions, but I think they are very aware of protecting their own fan base and their generation.


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