Johnny Depp FINALLY Gets Payback, A Gut Punch to Disney and Ex-Wife

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Johnny Depp has truly been through the wringer the past couple of years. Even though his most loyal fans stood by him through the smear campaign trial launched by his ex-wife Amber Heard, Hollywood was not so kind. Universal dropped him from his role in the Harry Potter franchise Fantastic Beasts, and Disney basically ex-communicated him despite his massive contributions as Captain Jack Sparrow to the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

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Hollywood and Heard would’ve emerged as heroes if her claims of domestic abuse had been found true, but when Johnny Depp was victorious, the hypocrisy was evident. Depp has already broken his silence about returning as Jack Sparrow to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He declared at the trial that he wouldn’t return to Disney “for $300 million” after the company turned their back on him.

Now it seems his payback has arrived, both literally and figuratively. People.com reported that Amber Heard‘s $1 million settlement money has finally been issued to Johnny Depp, an entire year after the defamation trial took the world by storm. While this is a large sum of money for most, Depp has lost millions more in job loss from the slander alone. So what will he do with the money?

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Why Johnny Depp’s Money Move Absolutely Sucks for Amber Heard as well as Disney

Like the absolute king that he is, Johnny Depp will reportedly be donating the $1 million to five different charities. Here are the five organizations listed by People.

  • Make-A-Film Foundation: A non-profit organization granting film wishes to children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Along with film industry professionals, Make-A-Film has brought children’s filmmaker visions to life since 2007.
  • The Painted Turtle: A non-profit children’s charity focused on improving the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions through a variety of specially designed camp programs since 1999.
  • Red Feather: A 1995 non-profit organization that focuses on sustainable development and self-sufficiency on Native American Reservations in the United States.
  • Tetiaroa Society: A 2010 non-profit organization that was established to support and promote sustainable development and conservation efforts on Tetiaroa, a small atoll in French Polynesia.
  • Amazonia Fund Alliance: The fund aims to finance projects by non-profit organizations for the generation of a stable income for the indigenous people living in the Amazon region.
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This representation and solidification of Johnny Depp’s character in the face of abandonment is basically a slap in the face to Disney, who didn’t believe in him. It’s an even worse slap to Amber Heard because it was her money, and it makes her look even more villainous in comparison.

This move will only enliven and strengthen his fan base. Maybe he won’t be Jack Sparrow on the big screen anymore, but he will always be Captain Jack Sparrow in the hearts of his fandom.

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!