Helena Bonham Carter: Johnny Depp defends JK Rowling

Helena Bonham Carter slammed “cancel culture” in a recent interview with Times UKSaying, “Would you disenfranchise a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who, if you look closely at their personal lives, would disqualify them. You can’t ban people. I hate abolition culture. It’s completely hysterical and there’s a kind of witch-hunt and lack of understanding” .

When it comes to “cancel culture” and Hollywood, Bonham Carter said there is no path to redemption for someone like Kevin Spacey but there is for Johnny Depp, who notably won the US defamation contest over Amber Heard earlier this year. Depp and Bonham Carter are longtime collaborators who have starred in Tim Burton films such as “Corpse Bride,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Dark Shadows,” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Depp is godfather to two children, Bonham Carter and Burton.

“Johnny definitely got through it,” said Bonham Carter, adding that he was “completely exonerated” now that the trial. “I think he’s fine now. Absolutely fine.”

“My point is that [Amber Heard] I got on that pendulum,” she responds when asked if losing Heard to trial was a sign that the #MeToo pendulum was swinging backwards. “That’s the problem with this stuff — that people are going to jump on the bandwagon because it’s a trend and be the poster girl for it.”

Bonham Carter also defended JK Rowling, who has come under fire over the past few years for sharing beliefs that many see as anti-trans. The actor starred as the villainous Bellatrix Lestrange in four “Harry Potter” films.

“It’s awful, a load of shells. I think it’s a stalker,” Bonham Carter said of Rowling. “It’s taken to extremes, people judge. You let her opinion out, especially if she was being abused. Everyone has their own history of trauma and they form their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people are coming from and their pain. You don’t all have to agree on everything – that would be crazy and boring. She doesn’t mean it forcefully, she’s just saying something from her own experience.”

Bonham Carter added that “Harry Potter” stars like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, both of whom have spoken out against Rowling’s beliefs, should “let her have her say, but I think they’re very aware of protecting their fan base and their generation. It’s hard. One thing with the fame game.” Is that there is etiquette that comes with it; I don’t agree with talking about other celebrities.”

Bonham Carter added of Rowling, “If she hadn’t had as much huge success, the reaction wouldn’t have been so great.” “So I think there’s a lot of envy of misfortune and the need to demolish people that drives a lot of this repeal. And schadenfreude.”

head over The Times UK website To read the latest profile of Bonham Carter in full.

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