Ah another example of a time where I know how to separate reality from fiction and creation from the creator. Last year a few of my friends from college and concerts were sharing links to a petition to fire Amber Heard so she wouldn’t be in the Aquaman sequel.
I wanted to wait until the fire died down a little before sharing my own thoughts on this matter and as usual, this is the safest place where I can do so.
Before I get into that, I have to say that Aquaman is one of my favorite DC films, yes I originally wanted to see it because I’ve got a huge crush on Jason Momoa like millions of other women do. But what I also came to love about the film was the visual effects. I thought that the character of Mera was badass too.
I did more research and read all about the dispute between Amber and Johnny Depp regarding domestic abuse allegations and sources claim that she was the abuser, not him.
A lot of my friends were cheering the success the petitions have gained in their number of signatures, and I sat back in my chair wondering just how they would react if I posted that I decided to still enjoy the film despite her presence. (because there are some people who refuse to watch them because of her) Would they comment how much they hate Amber forcing me to intervene and silence them so I can enjoy the movie in peace if I, God forbid, shared how much I love it? Would online strangers do the same if I commented on a clip from the movie on YouTube about that too?
Let me make this crystal clear: I am strongly against every form of domestic violence that exists. I am all for putting a stop to it 100% and firmly believe Amber Heard is guilty. However, this does not impact the existing movie itself, thus once again I am able to separate the character from the actor.
Now you might ask, why am I able to do this with Aquaman and not 50 Shades? Because the latter actually is about domestic abuse being promoted as a BDSM love story when it really isn’t. Do your research and you’ll see for yourself.
Nowadays, I feel like I cannot enjoy the film without seeing comments of backlash towards Amber regarding the incident. Like you pyjaks can’t seem to do the same as me can you? I don’t give a shit who plays Mera, she’s cool. Not only is she Arthur’s love interest but she is also like a warrior-princess version of Ariel so that’s what I call a great supporting female character!
So yes, I am aware of what happened with the actress, I firmly stand against domestic abuse, but please just let me enjoy this film in peace. Whether Amber returns to play Mera or it’s a different actress, I don’t care. I just like to pretend I’m the character in certain scenes during the movie because of my thing for Jason, even if I watch it first and foremost for him.