Cannes Competition Criticized for Supporting Predators Following Johnny Depp’s Look

The choice to open this 12 months’s Cannes Movie Competition with Johnny Depp’s new movie, Jeanne du Barry, has sparked backlash and a social media marketing campaign below the hashtag #CannesYouNot. Protesters accused the pageant of “supporting predators,” citing Depp’s widely-publicized trial following accusations of abuse from ex-wife Amber Heard. Journalist and activist Eve Barlow, a outstanding determine within the opposition, referred to as for the pageant to “cease supporting rapists” in a collection of pictures that included accusations in opposition to Depp, Roman Polanski, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, Gerard Depardieu, and Luc Besson. The pageant has banned protests, making on-line opposition an alternate technique of talking out. Regardless of the criticism, the director of the Cannes Movie Competition, Thierry Fremaux, defended his resolution to incorporate Depp, stating that he’s not keen on his popularity. Depp performs French monarch Louis XV within the movie.

French movie director Luc Besson was additionally the topic of accusations and allegations by actress Sand Van Roy and eight different girls, however all fees had been later dismissed after being investigated in 2021. Actress Brie Larson, recognized for her advocacy work with Time’s Up and MeToo, was requested if she would see Depp’s movie at Cannes this 12 months however expressed uncertainty.

Johnny Depp and Maiwenn at Cannes Movie Competition 2023. CREDIT: Samir Hussein/Getty Pictures