The actor recently made a controversial appearance at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where he was set to receive the honorary Donostia Award.
Johnny Depp is speaking out against cancel culture. On Wednesday, the 58-year-old actor appeared at a press conference at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, where he shared his thoughts on the movement, saying that "no one is safe" from potentially getting canceled.
"It's so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe", said Depp, according to Deadline. "Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe."
"It takes one sentence and there's no more ground, the carpet has been pulled", he continued. "It's not just me that this has happened to, it's happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men. Children have suffered from various types of unpleasantries. Sadly at a certain point they begin to think that it's normal. Or that it's them. When it's not."
Depp's controversial appearance came ahead of him receiving the honorary Donostia Award at the film festival. During the press conference, the Oscar nominee admitted that he was "worried" his presence at the event would upset people, explaining that he "didn’t want to offend anyone."
Depp went on to praise the film festival and its director Jose Luis Rebordinos, as well as the mayor of San Sebastian for their "undying support” and for “not buying what has been, for far too long, some notion of me that doesn’t exist” —seemingly referencing the domestic violence allegations made by his ex-wife, Amber Heard, in 2016.
Back in November 2020, the actor lost his libel case against The Sun, the British tabloid that called him a "wife beater". The court ruled that the outlet's claims were "substantially true", which later forced Depp to step down from the role of Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts. However, his lawyers later appealed the judgement.
Last month, Depp was granted permission tu pursue a defamation suit against Heard over a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post, in which she detailed her experience surviving domestic abuse.