Petition To Return Johnny Depp To ‘Pirates’ Franchise Nearing 1M Signatures

A petition to return Johnny Depp to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has neared 1 Million signatures.

Johnny Depp, known for his prolific acting, alleges that he was removed from Walt Disney’s cast lineup for Pirates due to his ex-wife’s allegations. Amber Heard, married to Depp from 2015 to 2016, made accusations towards Depp which he claims cost him his job.

Depp, immersed in a sea of relationship drama, testified that Disney removed him from his role as Jack Sparrow “to be safe.” He associates Disney’s decision to Heard’s 2018 op-ed, when she accused him of domestic violence.

Depp claims that Heard did similar things to him.

Presumably, Depp insinuates that Disney dumped him for image and brand-related reasons.

Since Heard’s op-ed, Depp faces myriad repercussions, including the loss of employment and damage to his reputation. Depp claims that he lost his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean due to Heard’s allegations, although they have not been proven.

The problem with removing Depp from Pirates of the Caribbean is two-fold. Firstly, on a superficial level, it removes the star actor from the franchise, which is detrimental to viewer expectations. Pirates simply is not Pirates without the Jack Sparrow that we all know.

Secondly, if Depp’s allegations are correct, Disney removed Depp based on accusations which have not been proven. Thus, you can sign the petition to return Johnny Depp, as many feel it’s not right to exclude him.

In the United States, a person is innocent until proven guilty. Depp’s and Heard’s divorce has been drawn out for over half a decade. This is a personal, civil dispute and not a criminal dispute.

Inaccurate media portrayals can be devastating to a person’s life. Media misrepresentation can lead to unprecedented issues, from the way a person is treated to the way a person feels. Loss of employment is one of those issues.

For someone to prove deliberate defamation, they must prove the following:

“To prove prima facie defamation, a plaintiff must show four things: 1) a false statement purporting to be fact; 2) publication or communication of that statement to a third person; 3) fault amounting to at least negligence; and 4) damages, or some harm caused to the person or entity who is the subject of the statement.”

Last month, Heard’s lawyers predicted that Depp’s defamation suit will turn into a “mud-slinging soap opera.”

There’s a lot of back-and-forth in the news between Depp and Heard, and it brings up strong emotional responses. Mention the drama between Depp and Heard and it’s like politics.

No one really knows what happened between Depp and Heard. Only they know.

The couple met in 2012 and married in 2015. About fifteen months later, Heard filed for divorce.

Depp and Heard are actually people just like us. Consider that monogamous relationship drama often has three sides. There is the side of each individual, and then an objective truth between the two, that neither articulates. If you’ve ever had a bad breakup, you understand.

Unfortunately, when your name is known by enough people, it can easily be defamed by personal drama.

If you’d like to sign the petition to return Johnny Depp to Pirates of the Caribbean, find it here.

What do you think?

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  1. Pirates is not complete without jack sparrow and nobody but Johnny Depp can be jack sparrow je our si much of himself into it

  2. Johnny Depp has worked very hard in convincing everyone that he rules the Jack Sparrow character. There is not one person in Hollywood or anywhere else that could ever take his place. Disney needs to mend their differences with Johnny Depp

  3. Why would Disney even consider another actor to portray JD. Absolutely no one could EVER take his place. It will only make people angry and remind them that Disney accused JD before he was able to defend himself.

  4. Only Depp will do; he is the Original and Only. I will watch only with Depp; Boycotting any one else!

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