The cultural impact of the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial, which has dominated headlines for the past six weeks, has extended well beyond the courtroom, but over the weekend it also became a kind of dismissive nod at a concert that some of the concert-goers offended.
Dominic Fike, who plays the lead role euphoria as Elliot, but is also a musician in his own right, performing Saturday nights at Dillo Day, Northwestern University’s annual student-run music festival that began in the ’70s. During his sentence, after the Northwest daily– Northwestern’s student newspaper – Fike reportedly told the crowd that he found Heard attractive and that he wanted her to hit him. (Heard admitted she punched Depp during the altercations, but argued it was in self-defense.)
Per the Northwest dailythe comments were met with boos.
A video of Fike’s comments has yet to be posted online, but several attendees tweeted they witnessed the incident, some expressing disgust at the comments.
On TikTok, other concertgoers reported a similar incident. TikToker @itgirlash, who shared an independent video of Fike walking towards the stage during the concert, broke down what happened during the two times she said Fike ranted about Heard. When he mentioned that Heard wanted to smack him, @itgirlash added that Fike seemed to want to test the crowd.
“The second time [Fike ranted about Heard], he said, ‘Amber Heard is so hot, I’d let her spank me,’ and all that stuff and the whole crowd was like, ‘oooooh,'” she said. “Because first of all we’re saying it had nothing to do with his performance, so I think why even say that. And then he was like, I just want to see how much I can say and get away with it, and I was like, wow.”
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@itgirlash’s video has been viewed more than 1.4 million times so far. Some commenters suggested that @itgirlash made it up, while others made jokes and references to it euphoriaEzra Miller and a song Fike sings about wanting to be deposed.
“It literally worked, but anyone else can confirm it,” she said in response to someone who accused her of fabricating Fike’s comments. “I have no reason to lie to him.”
In a follow-up video, @itgirlash said that Fike suggested the crowd hit the person next to him, but quickly backed down because he didn’t want to get in trouble for inciting a riot.
Leah Goetz, who filmed footage of Fike’s concert, also said that Fike made those comments and that they weren’t well received.
“Bro omfg we don’t but he said he was going to let Bernstein beat him up and we were like, ‘Hey…. shhhh,” she replied to someone who asked her about Heard.
We reached out to a Fike representative for comment.
*Initial publication: May 25, 2022 3:03 pm CDT
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and television/film critic at the Daily Dot. Covering entertainment, geek culture and pop culture, she has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She lives in Brooklyn.
https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/dominic-fike-amber-heard-comments/ Dominic Fike reportedly told a crowd at Northwestern that he wanted Amber Heard to beat him up