Trial by TikTok risks setting the gender justice movement back decades
The line ‘Johnny Depp and Amber Heard wouldn’t see what they said, I reasoned, but the survivors around them would.’ really stood out for me. It’s helped me see how damaging these memes and one liner ‘haha’ comments are, and to give public support, rather just private messages, is critical if we have any hope of changing the collective narrative.
I watched a fair bit of this trial. Mainly because it resonated with me in relation to my parents relationship. Both are now dead. My mother had an undiagnosed personality disorder, my own GP and therapist offered this possibility regarding what I described to them. My father’s life was a misery. Abuse of every kind, left her twice went back. I watched this play out for years. My life has been difficult at times, and at 50+ not a day goes by when I don’t struggle with life because of it. I really don’t know what to think about the outcome or the whole social media outpouring. What I do know is that anyone being abused should feel safe to speak out, feel confident they will be believed and not be judged for doing so. I guess you’re right there were no winners. A complex issue that cannot be resolved through what we have just witnessed. It has only muddied the waters.
Thanks for this article. I too have found the whole trial by social media and the level of hate around this trial deeply disturbing. It has been almost impossible to avoid but I can / we all can think carefully and choose how, and indeed whether, we respond to it.