J.K. Rowling Attempts To Put Johnny Depp Issue To Bed, Instead Gives It New Life
J.K. Rowling issues a muddled and painfully incoherent statement on the continued casting of Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts. Why?
When the first photos from Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald were released yesterday, I noted that J.K. Rowling was starting to block fans who continued to bring up the casting of Johnny Depp in the movie. Whether it was that, or the David Yates statement last week, or just the dark murmurings of her own soul, Rowling decided today to address the issue on her personal blog, calling it on Twitter “saying what I can about the Grindelwald casting issue.”
Within a few minutes, her site was down, collapsing from the strain of every last human being clicking to see her statement at once.
Thankfully, it was screencapped, so that the rest of us could see it was actually not worth the click.
JKR's statement on casting Johnny Depp is… a whole lot of something. (Read: 💩) pic.twitter.com/rATPStWGtf
— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) December 7, 2017
Ignoring all the “Me, Me, me, me” part of the statement, let’s cut to the heart of the matter:
Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I…. are genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.
What does that actually say? It says “We believe him, not her.”
It says “We believe it’s perfectly ok for him to have beat up a woman. After all, it was only one.”
It says “Shut up, leave me alone.”
It says “We believe that by the time this movie arrives in November of 2018 this #MeToo nonsense will be long forgotten.”
It is, in short, a statement as tone deaf as Yates’ was the other week. Just slightly better dressed, with a whole lot more obfuscation.
What I want to know is why? Why in heaven’s name did Rowling think this was a good idea? Did she really think she was somehow making everything go away with this statement? Did she really think this solved anything? This solves nothing.
In fact, this makes it worse. This put her, in writing, on the wrong side of the #MeToo movement. It keeps the “By the way, the new Harry Potter movies cast the extremely problematic Johnny Depp” story alive for at least another week, as outlets everywhere write stories about it. If I were Warner Brothers’ marketing people I would be screaming with rage right now.
Statements are supposed to calm the waters and clean up the story, not light an entirely new fire under it. As the Doctor might say, “Good old J.K.”