Fake ‘Final Trial Convo’ between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp goes viral

The verdict for the rial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard was announced two weeks ago, but Twitter entrepreneurs and LinkedIn influencers are still using the salacious nature and virality of the trial to see their posts.

A LinkedIn post of a fake transcript between Heard and Depp used as an advertisement has drawn particular ire. Shawn Barnes, whose LinkedIn profile says he works as a recruiter at GTN Technical Staffing and Consulting, published the post on June 13.

Barnes’ “Bombshell” transcript states that at the end of the trial, Heard asked Depp if he still loved her. In response, Depp says, “Amber, this may be the last time we speak, so please listen to me very carefully.”

“If you know a data analyst with experience in Python, SQL, A/B testing, and Excel, you definitely need to call Shawn Barnes of GTN Technical Staffing,” Barnes wrote that Depp told Heard. “He is the best!”

As of Tuesday, Barnes’ post on LinkedIn had over 150,000 likes, 13,000 comments and 2,000 shares.

Twitter user Ben Muschol tweeted via Barnes’ mail on Tuesday. Alongside a screenshot of it, he wrote, “This is so gross.”

“I do not know what to say. This has 10,000 likes on Linkedin,” Mushol tweeted.

Mimi Aboubaker too tweeted that the “latest convo” trivializes domestic violence and is “pretty bad form.”

“Big whoops,” she tweeted.

The “latest conversation” is just the latest joke involving Depp and Heard’s trial. The situation has been turned into memes and referenced by many popular social media accounts since the trial began in mid-April.

Internet reactions to the trial were found disturbing by some: NBC’s Patricia Grisafi called memes she’d seen “grotesque,” and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that jokes about the trial were a “memification of domestic violence” and be real – consequences of life.

Barnes’ post appears to be a spin-off from another ad posted to Twitter on Sunday. Matt Salit, a real estate agent, tweeted that the “final trial convo” followed a similar script, except at the end Depp told Heard to call “#MattSalit” if she ever needed a real estate agent.

At the time of publication, Salit’s tweet had received no likes, replies, or retweets. In a Twitter direct message, Salit told the Daily Dot that he saw the “transcript” on Facebook and Twitter before posting his tweet.

Whether or not he finds the “last conversation” insensitive, Salit told the Daily Dot: “If someone poops on someone’s pillow, that’s trivial to themselves.”

Others joined Salit and Barnes’ trend. Twitch streamer Buck, who posts about sports, used the trending format in a series of three tweets Tuesday to encourage viewers of his tweet to subscribe to his Twitch channel.

A gaming YouTuber also used it support financially his YouTube channel and a car salesman Posted it next to his contact information advertising his vehicles.

The Daily Dot contacted Barnes by phone.


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*Initial publication: June 14, 2022 at 4:46 pm CDT

Tricia Crimmins

Tricia Crimmins is the IRL Editor at the Daily Dot. She is also a New York-based comedian studying at Columbia Journalism School. She has previously written for Mashable, Complex Networks and Moment magazine. She can be found on Twitter at @TriciaCrimmins.

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