Most A-listers who are the focus of the year’s biggest celebrity story might be advised to give her a month or two — so the internet chatter surrounding her high-profile court case dies down — before making her big comeback.
Not Johnny Depp. He didn’t even wait for the verdict in his defamation suit against Amber Heard before touring the UK ahead of their collaborative album with Jeff Beck. 18,consisting of mostly classic rock covers. And just a week later, the first single from the album, written by Depp, was released. Its rather sleazy timing ensures that the music — unimaginative lighter-aloft-arena rock ballad given more meaning than it can carry by swelling strings and Beck’s Floyd-worthy solos — is practically irrelevant compared to the lyrical content.
With no more bed-soiling revelations and desperate to prolong this sad circus, the trend bar wants to know… is this Depp’s victory speech? Spring, possibly. Written in 2019, it is dedicated to legendary actress Hedy Lamarr, whose career in 1930s German cinema was cut short when she shocked the country in 1933 with nude scenes (which she had not sanctioned). ecstasy. Only after a name change did she make an acclaimed comeback in Hollywood.
“Obliterated by the same world that made her a star,” Lamarr is a symbolic precedent for the scandal-related “cancellation” that Depp claims. So the song certainly invites the listener to make connections to their own predicament. “It’s so hard to talk when no one’s gonna hear/ And everyone’s staring at you while you tremble with fear,” he growls with a little Jack Sparrow on his lip, concluding, “I don’t believe in people anymore.”
Indeed, the Heard vs. Depp court case shattered belief in humanity for many reasons. But if “…Hedy Lamarr” is a plea for empathy, then it smacks way too much of self-righteous — and overzealous — nose rubbing. But a month or two away, and that would have sounded less dignified, more dignified.
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