Helena Bonham Carter defends J.K. Rowling and Johnny Depp in furious attack on cancel culture

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By James Kay

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Helena Bonham Carter has hit out at cancel culture and defended J.K. Rowling and Johnny Depp after she alleges there was a "witch hunt" against them.

The actress, 56, has worked closely with both author J.K. Rowling and actor Johnny Depp throughout her career. She famously starred as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series and has worked with Depp on a number of projects such as Sweeney Todd and Corpse Bride.

The Harry Potter actress recently sat down with The Sunday Times where she appeared to wage war on cancel culture. Carter claimed if the microscope was applied closely enough, "millions of people" would be canceled due to their personal lives.

"Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices?" she questioned. "There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them. You can't ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there's a kind of witch-hunt and a lack of understanding."

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The Sweeney Todd actress was quick to defend her co-star and good friend Johnny Depp who she said "certainly went through it" in relation to his public defamation trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Carter said the allegations against Depp didn't add up and that: "There's something quite old-fashioned about Johnny, with these manners."

The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor is the godfather to Carter's two children - Billy Ray, 18, and Nell, 14 - who she had with ex-husband and film director Tim Burton.

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Helena Bonham Carter with Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd. Credit: Pictorial Press / Alamy

The actress then turned her attention to the author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling. The writer has been accused of transphobic comments on social media, leading to some fans burning her books and trolling her online.

Carter branded these actions as "horrendous".

"It's been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She's allowed her opinion, particularly if she's suffered abuse," she added.

"You don't all have to agree on everything — that would be insane and boring," the actress continued. "She's not meaning it aggressively, she's just saying something out of her own experience.

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Carter with Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe. Credit: THA / Alamy

"Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain."

Carter did not criticize her fellow Harry Potter stars for speaking out against the author.

Additionally, per the Daily Mail, Carter has also worked alongside a number of celebrities at the center of the #MeToo movement, including Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen. She has since declared there is "no way back" for some stars as she named Kevin Spacey as an example.

Featured image credit: Scott London / Alamy

Helena Bonham Carter defends J.K. Rowling and Johnny Depp in furious attack on cancel culture

vt-author-image

By James Kay

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Helena Bonham Carter has hit out at cancel culture and defended J.K. Rowling and Johnny Depp after she alleges there was a "witch hunt" against them.

The actress, 56, has worked closely with both author J.K. Rowling and actor Johnny Depp throughout her career. She famously starred as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series and has worked with Depp on a number of projects such as Sweeney Todd and Corpse Bride.

The Harry Potter actress recently sat down with The Sunday Times where she appeared to wage war on cancel culture. Carter claimed if the microscope was applied closely enough, "millions of people" would be canceled due to their personal lives.

"Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices?" she questioned. "There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them. You can't ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there's a kind of witch-hunt and a lack of understanding."

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Credit: Ian West / Alamy

The Sweeney Todd actress was quick to defend her co-star and good friend Johnny Depp who she said "certainly went through it" in relation to his public defamation trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Carter said the allegations against Depp didn't add up and that: "There's something quite old-fashioned about Johnny, with these manners."

The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor is the godfather to Carter's two children - Billy Ray, 18, and Nell, 14 - who she had with ex-husband and film director Tim Burton.

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Helena Bonham Carter with Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd. Credit: Pictorial Press / Alamy

The actress then turned her attention to the author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling. The writer has been accused of transphobic comments on social media, leading to some fans burning her books and trolling her online.

Carter branded these actions as "horrendous".

"It's been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She's allowed her opinion, particularly if she's suffered abuse," she added.

"You don't all have to agree on everything — that would be insane and boring," the actress continued. "She's not meaning it aggressively, she's just saying something out of her own experience.

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Carter with Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe. Credit: THA / Alamy

"Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain."

Carter did not criticize her fellow Harry Potter stars for speaking out against the author.

Additionally, per the Daily Mail, Carter has also worked alongside a number of celebrities at the center of the #MeToo movement, including Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen. She has since declared there is "no way back" for some stars as she named Kevin Spacey as an example.

Featured image credit: Scott London / Alamy