Amber Heard’s close friend Eve Barlow has blamed women who support the actress’ ex-husband Johnny Depp of being driven by jealousy and low confidence. According to Barlow, a British music writer, women “vile” Heard, 36, because they are envious of her beauty.
Barlow wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, May 10 that it’s simple for women with poor self-esteem to despise AH [Amber Heard] or explain their prejudice towards classic feminine strength/beauty by denying their jealousy of it. They sense a given strength that is essentially a fiction, and they justify their own inability to be tough against sexism.
Despite her stardom, the actress “had to battle for her life,” according to Barlow. Barlow was ejected from a Virginia courthouse for texting and tweeting in the front row during the start of the former couple’s $50 million defamation lawsuit.
It's easy for women with low self-esteem to hate AH or justify their prejudice towards archetypal feminine strength/beauty by denying their envy of it. They perceive an afforded power that's truly a myth, and excuse their own inefficiency at being resilient against misogyny.— Eve Barlow (@Eve_Barlow) May 10, 2022
“She was still denied a savior. “It’s far easier to sympathize with a woman who plays the damsel in distress than with a woman who has had to liberate herself,” Barlow wrote. Barlow, a former deputy editor of the British music and entertainment website NME and a writer for New York Magazine, was responding to a query from legal expert Dr. Charlotte Proudman. Dr. Proudman had asked her followers on Twitter, “Do women dislike other women?” Also, in the event that you figure they do, why?”
AH had to fight for her life, despite her position and assumed privileges. She still wasn't afforded a savior. It's much easier to get behind a woman who plays the damsel in distress than it is to empathize with a woman who has had to liberate herself.— Eve Barlow (@Eve_Barlow) May 10, 2022
In 2018, Depp filed a lawsuit against Heard for a Washington Post op-ed in which she professed to be a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although the piece at the heart of the dispute does not name Depp, he believes it clearly relates to allegations made by Heard elsewhere that he physically mistreated her. Depp has refuted the claims.
Last week, Heard testified on the witness stand about how Depp allegedly assaulted her during drug-fueled fights in 2015, threatening to “carve up” her face with a bottle before putting one into her. When the court reconvenes next Monday, May 16, Heard’s testimony will continue.
Barlow has used her public platform to criticize Heard’s many detractors, including people who have blamed her of lying about being mistreated by Depp during their turbulent marriage. Meanwhile, a new TikTok fad has resulted in multiple ostensibly amusing re-enactments of Heard’s claimed attack testimony.
“Listen, everyone who defends Amber Heard’s TikTok abuse is operating in bad faith,” the music journalist tweeted to her 48,500 followers on Monday. “You can’t argue that it doesn’t discourage survivors from coming forward; anybody deliberately ridiculing abuse testimony is contributing to that silence. Period.”
Listen, anyone protecting the TikTok abuse of Amber Heard is acting in bad faith. You can't argue that it doesn't have a chilling effect on survivors from coming forward. Anyone actively mocking testimony about abuse is contributing to that silencing. Period.— Eve Barlow (@Eve_Barlow) May 9, 2022