“No one is safe from the culture of cancellation.” These were the words of actor Johnny Depp at the press conference presenting the Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Festival. An award that he will receive tonight.
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“No one is safe, but if you are armed with the truth, it is all you need,” Depp defended when asked about the controversy caused by the awarding of the award, which he will receive tonight.
Depp considers that it is a “very complicated” situation, the result of a series of “movements” that have appeared “with the best of intentions, but then have gotten out of hand to such an extent that no one is safe” .
“It is something that does not affect only me,” he said at the press conference. “It affects many people, men, women, as long as there is someone willing to say a single sentence,” he lamented. “There comes a point where you think it’s normal, but it’s not.”
Tonight he will receive the Donostia Award for being considered “one of the most talented and versatile actors in contemporary cinematography”, a year after his visit to the Zinemaldia to present Drinking with Shane MacGowan, by Julien Temple, in whose production he had participated and which won the Special Jury Prize.
The festival’s decision to award Depp was criticized from the moment of its announcement: the actor has been immersed in a legal battle after being accused of mistreatment.
The director of the festival, José Luis Rebordinos, defended his decision arguing that the American actor is not accused or convicted of abuse and defending the presumption of innocence. He also stated that “the function of a film festival is not to judge the conduct of members of the film industry”. While Associations such as CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers of Audiovisual Media) made public their rejection of the award: “We consider it an error from the ethical point of view and we say it as filmmakers, as women and as citizens of a country to which the San Sebastián Film Festival represents in numerous international forums “, they stated it’s a statement.
Also CIMA, along with seven other feminist associations of filmmakers in Spain, has made a statement on social networks in which it explains its reasons for not applauding the awards: “Make the decision to exclude someone from the possible list of honorary awards for Being in trial or sentenced for sexist violence does not imply not recognizing their artistic value. It implies responsibility “, they defend.