A boycott of Rihanna's underwear brand has been called for after actor Johnny Depp was announced as a participant in her new Savage X Fenty fashion show. After a lengthy legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, the actor claims Hollywood has blacklisted him again.
He will appear next week in a fashion show on Amazon Prime Video. CNN confirmed Depp's appearance on the show, despite not being mentioned in press materials or the trailer. CNN reports that neither Rihanna's nor Amazon's representatives responded immediately to requests for comment.
Amazon describes the fourth edition of the show as a "seductive fashion fever dream," featuring performances by Anita and Burna Boy, as well as Cara Delevingne, Simu Liu and TikTok star Bella Poarch. Rihanna was asked to remove Depp's scenes from the show after news of his appearance broke.
"The editorial team better delete this man from the show," read one response to a post promoting the show on Savage X Fenty's Instagram account. Some users threatened to boycott Depp on Twitter using the hashtag #DitchDepp.
Music producer Drew Dixon described the decision to cast the actor as "really disappointing," while British singer and actor Olly Alexander — who previously collaborated with Savage X Fenty on a social media campaign — announced on social media that he "will no longer be wearing the show ".
It was questioned whether Depp would even appear in the final version of the fashion show since it wasn't scheduled to air until Wednesday. "For those outraged, I'd wait to see if this actually happens," tweeted author Art Tavan.
"Rihanna's brand is bulletproof," he added. Depp filed a $50 million lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard in 2017 after she wrote a Washington Post op-ed describing herself as a "public figure who represents domestic abuse." In response, Heard countersued Depp for $100 million, resulting in an explosive televised trial in which both were found liable for defamation, but Depp received a significant increase in damages.
It has been claimed that Depp abused Heard during their marriage, a claim the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star has consistently denied. Additionally, Depp said he was a victim of domestic violence - a claim some of his fans compared to Rihanna's own relationship with Chris Brown in which she experienced abuse.
"Survivors support survivors," one Twitter user wrote in support of the singer's choice. After the six-week trial, Depp claimed he was dropped from future "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies because of his ex-wife's allegations.
A role in the "Fantastic Beasts" film franchise was also lost to the actor.
Depp amde several public appearances after the trial.
In August, he made a surprise appearance at the MTV Awards, where a video of his face was superimposed on a life-size Moon Man floating above the stage.
"I just want you to know that I'm available for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, vigils — anything you need," he joked with the crowd. In his first big-screen comeback, Depp is set to appear as King Louis XV in the upcoming French film “La Favorite”.
He also reprised his voice role as Johnny Puff in the animated TV series “Puffins Impossible,” and is set to direct a film about Italian artist Amede Modigliani, according to Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter.
The Savage X Fenty brand, which also makes men's underwear, has been praised in the past for its inclusive size and diversity, and it remains to be seen what will become of it after this incident.