Usually I live in a world that is anything but black and white. When I
argue have a discussion with my 16-year-old daughter or one of my 24-year-old colleagues I’m always the one saying things like:
It’s not that simple
It’s much more complex than that
I wish I could just disregard the other side of this issue like you are doing
Have you done any real research into this? What are the facts?
I think it was thoughtless not malicious
OK then I’m just an idiot who doesn’t know anything about the world and, anyway, where is the change from that $20 I gave you yesterday to get some bread? (OK, that mightn’t be something I say at work)
But there are a small – yet important – number of life areas where I can immediately commit to a particular side. Domestic and sexual abuse of women is one. And no matter who you are and how high you fly, how handsome and talented you are or the zeros on the end of your bank statement, if you commit these crimes I will look at you differently from now on.
That’s why I can understand the complaints the Christian Dior campaign starring Johnny Depp is receiving.
Depp is being trotted out by Dior to front their advertising campaign for the men’s cologne “Sauvage” (which means “wild” in French). Just in time for Father’s Day, Depp is plastered all over Australian billboards and on TV screens in ads.
Probably not surprisingly, The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Advertising Standards Bureau in Australia has received complaints about the use of Depp in the ads.
The ads come just weeks after Johnny Depp and Amber Heard settled their acrimonious divorce amid claims of domestic abuse. Heard claimed that during their 18 months of marriage Depp was violent towards her on numerous occasions. She later withdrew the claims. In the midst of the allegations, photographs of a bruised and battered Heard were made public and a disturbing video was released of a drunk Depp screaming at Heard and smashing up his kitchen in the early hours of the morning.
The couple reached an out of court settlement with Depp paying Heard $9 million. Heard swiftly donated the $9 million to a domestic violence charities. The drama didn’t stop there, with Heard accusing Depp of donating the money straight to the domestic violence charities and not to her, in order to get a tax break, effectively drastically reducing the dollar value of his settlement.
Depp is not the only “artist” where, after an incident in their private lives, we have a choice about whether or not we consume their “product”. (Post continues after audio.)
There’s singer Chris Brown who viciously beat Rhianna just before the 2009 Grammys. Actor Charlie Sheen was convicted in 1997 of beating his then girlfriend Britt Ashland and then in 2010 he pleaded guilty to strangling and holding a knife to then wife Brooke Mueller. Director Roman Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl then fled the U.S. to avoid possible jail time. He has never expressed regret for his actions.