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“Depp v. Heard” Docuseries was Painfully Pointless

Is Netflix’s “Depp v. Heard” docuseries really necessary?
Photo Janiece Mitchner
An illustration depicting Johnny Depp during the trial. Amber Heard is seen in the reflection of his sunglasses.

If you had any form of social media during April 2022, you were aware of the infamous Depp v. Heard defamation suit. The case quickly garnered attention due to the A-list status of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and in a short amount of time became nothing more than a social media circus.

A Netflix documentary on this case was inevitable considering the amount of coverage done by streaming channels and social media pages. The first thing I thought when Netflix announced this series was that it’d expose information about the suit that was previously hidden or even shine light on new perspectives. But I was incredibly disappointed.

During the first episode of this three-part docuseries, I found myself wondering when the break would be. When would they reveal something that’d make it more than a dull recap of the case that everyone had already watched? But it never came. If you kept track of the case when it was actually happening, there was literally nothing about this docuseries that made this worth watching.

On top of being plotless, the docuseries was just plain lazy. It comprised of small snippets of Depp and Heard testifying between clips of content creators commenting on the case, with an occasional staged clip of someone looking at the camera somberly. I could’ve put this together myself. For lack of better words, it was choppy and corny.

I understand what was trying to be achieved, and I will admit that the concept of putting their testimonies side by side initially seemed appealing. But the social media input was overdone and just made the docuseries seem unreliable. Every content creator featured was either hard-core Depp or Heard. This colored commentary tainted the coverage of the case and removed any shred of credibility it came with.

If you’re unfamiliar with the case and are just curious how it played out, there’s no harm in watching the “Depp v. Heard” documentary. But if you’re a seasoned expert looking for a new perspective, new information or even an intelligent conversation, I’d skip this one.

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Jadyn Grayes, A&E and Multimedia Editor

Jadyn Grayes is a senior at Robinson and the A&E and Multimedia Editor of Knight Writers. This is her third year on staff and her second year as an editor.

This year, Grayes decided to continue journalism because she enjoys the experience, her classmates and the environment.

“I chose journalism, because, well, one, I'm an editor and two, I really liked the environment and the group of people that I've come to know in my years in journalism,” Grayes said. 

In an ideal world, she would be an immigration attorney, after witnessing her mother's experiences as an immigrant. 

“Yeah, career-wise, I would be an immigration attorney because my mom is an immigrant. When I was little, hearing about her experience, like coming to America, made me want to help people going through the same thing. And growing up finding out that there was a career that enabled me to do that. It just kind of like set a fire in my heart," Grayes said. 

Outside reporting for Knight Writers, Grayes is also on the cheerleading team. She tutors younger children in her spare time.

"Because kids who have been through a lot of stuff, big time, they kind of have like a wall that you have to get through. So, it also helps me learn to like to put myself in other people's shoes, especially when you're teaching and it gave me a lot of respect for teachers because I never realized how tough it could be getting through to kids," Grayes said. 

If there was one thing she could teach the world, it would be to treat each other with respect and kindness.

“Honestly, you just never know what people are going through. Like I would say I'm pretty emotionally intelligent. But I never realized that people tend to hide so much so well. So I think just having empathy for everyone, no matter how they treat you, is one of the biggest things I'd have to face," Grayes said.

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Janiece Mitchner, Senior Staff Writer
Janiece Mitchner is a junior at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. While Mitchner was placed in journalism by chance, she has enjoyed the last year making drawings for the newspaper. "Since I suck at writing, I draw for the newspaper," Mitchner said. Mitchner has been drawing for five years and hopes to earn the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) Artist of the Year award in the future. "I usually draw characters, superheroes, anime characters and generally whatever looks interesting to me. It calms me when I draw and listen to music," Mitchner said. Besides art, Mitchner enjoys relaxing, volunteering for Girl Scouts and listening to music; particularly, her all-time favorite artist is Justin Bieber. The rest of Mitchner's time not designated towards art, school and music is put towards working at Qdoba, where she tends to work 20 hours a week. Mitchner has had to move multiple times due to her dad's military obligations. She has been living in Tampa for the last two years but does miss her last home in North Dakota. "Moving to Tampa has been kind of hard for me," Mitchner admitted. "I definitely miss having some snow, I'd rather be cold than hot." Besides North Dakota, Mitchner has also lived in Texas at two different times. Despite the numerous moves, Mitchner has stayed close with her family, including her younger brother and sister. Janiece, however, draws her ultimate inspiration from her mother. "She is my role model and is always able to balance all my siblings' requests. She's also very good at managing her time," Mitchner said. Mitchner is looking forward to graduating next year and plans to continue doing art actively as well as go on the culinary trip to Japan. "I hope that by the end of high school, my artwork will be in an art portfolio for college," Mitchner said. Profile by (Anika Sanka)
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