Johnny Depp joins TikTok, amassing millions of followers in a matter of hours

Johnny Depp joins TikTok, amassing millions of followers in a matter of hours

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has joined TikTok in the aftermath of his six-week defamation trial against Amber Heard, amassing millions of followers in his first 24-hours on the social media platform.

Depp has garnered 6.3 millions followers since joining TikTik, and his first video has so far been watched more than 8 million times.

His first post was a video montage of Depp waving to fans and playing music on a recent tour in the UK with musician Jeff Beck. In the caption he wrote a “thank you” message to his supporters.

“To all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We have walked the same road together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared,” Depp wrote.

“And now, we will all move forward together. You are, as always, my employers and once again I am whittled down to no way to say thank you, other than just by saying thank you. So, thank you. My love & respect, JD.”

Depp joins TikTok after many of his followers used the platform during the defamation trial to support his case using hashtags like #JusticeforJohnnyDepp, and to deride Amber Heard.

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To all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We have walked the same road together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared. And now, we will all move forward together. You are, as always, my employers and once again I am whittled down to no way to say thank you, other than just by saying thank you. So, thank you. My love & respect, JD

♬ Stranger – Love Joys

Amber Heard has responded to Depp’s move to join TikTok, with a spokesperson saying: “As Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving forward,’ women’s rights are moving backward. The verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence is…be afraid to stand up and speak out.”

Last week, Monica Lewinsky weighed into the impact of the court case, saying the use of TikTok and social media left many thinking they had a right to to look, watch and judge as it unfolded. She added it helped to stoke “the flames of misogyny”.

“We have become so attuned to this narrow, cynical cycle of social media encounters that we consider the trial not tragic or pathetic, but as a pure car wreck: accessible, tawdry, and immediately gratifying,” Lewinsky wrote.

“We dispense with critical thinking and substitute the cheap thrill.”

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