Johnny Depp posts first TikTok and calls fans his “employers”

Johnny Depp has officially joined TikTok, the app that helped spread misinformation and brand-sponsored misogyny during his defamation trial.

There’s one post on the account that’s verified: It’s a thank you to Depp’s “most valued, loyal and steadfast supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we’ve seen everything together. We walked the same path together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared. And now we will all move forward together.”

The video shows edited footage of supporters standing outside the Virginia courtroom where the trial took place, waving at him from an SUV. There is also footage of him performing with Jeff Beck and typing on a typewriter. Depp already has more than 4 million followers and his first TikTok got more than 1.5 million views in about an hour. There are more than 70,000 comments on TikTok, most of which welcome Depp to the app.

@Johnny Depp

To all of my most valued, loyal and steadfast supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we’ve seen everything together. We walked the same path together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared. And now we will all move forward together. They are, as always, my employers and once again I am limited to no thanks in any other way than simply saying thank you. So thank you. My love & respect, JD

♬ Stranger – love joys

Depp was awarded more than $10 million in damages last week, although ex-wife Amber Heard was also awarded damages in the case. However, on TikTok, the coverage was clearly pro-dork, and the massive amounts of misinformation and bias TikTok promoted during the process was very lucrative for some content creators. Rowan Winch, a 17-year-old creator, told that Washington Post: “If people post things trying to defend Amber Heard, they will lose followers. A lot of big content creators probably don’t even care that much – they just care about the views they get.”

That will surely inform how TikTokers cover future high-profile trials and the 2024 election. As Madison Malone Kircher wrote for Slate, “At a moment when an app like TikTok seems to have had so much impact on a very public process with potentially far-reaching implications, we ignore its true power at our peril.”

*Initial publication: June 7, 2022 at 12:41 p.m. CDT

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, focusing on streaming, comedy and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch and the Village Voice. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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