Will Smith and Johnny Depp are both making career comebacks after being snubbed in court of public opinion.
Smith is currently on a press tour to promote his upcoming film, Emancipation, less than a year after he slapped Chris Rock onstage during the Academy Awards. Depp was also declared “rehabilitated” following his court win over ex-wife Amber Heard.
“Oh, I think he’s totally validated,” Depp’s friend and frequent collaborator, Helena Bonham Carter, told the Times. “I think he’s fine now.
Kelcey Kintner, branding expert and senior vice president of Red Banyan, told Fox News Digital how some celebrities are able to overcome negative press after being canceled while others are never able to resume their careers.
“There is no quick fix when it comes to celebrity emergence from the purgatory of Cancel culture. The public’s perception of the person before the controversy, the seriousness of the offense, and the celebrity’s reaction to the firestorm all play a role. But usually, given enough time, a celebrity can slowly work their way back up.”
“Fans can be extremely indulgent when it comes to their favorite stars,” she said. “For example, Will Smith may have a few fans who won’t see his films right now, but his huge sympathy for the infamous Oscar slap will help him get through it. He’s also done a good job of publicly acknowledging his bad behavior.”
Kintner said if celebrities don’t immediately admit their wrongdoing, it can make it harder for them to return to successful careers.
“When dealing with any type of wrongdoing, it is always important for any celebrity to take responsibility for their part as soon as possible. But sometimes stars think they’re untouchable and reject or just can’t take what they’ve done,” Kintner said. “They can end up defiantly resorting to inappropriate remarks and actions, and that only fuels the fire and makes the road to a return even longer or at times almost impossible.”
“But celebrities have the benefit of huge financial resources and the ability to get their positive story out there. So you’re generally in a far stronger position to fight the cancellation culture than the average Joe.”
Here are five celebrities who have made career comebacks after being canceled:
HELENA BONHAM CARTER SAYS JOHNNY DEPP WAS ‘TIMELY JUSTIFIED’ AFTER AMBER HEARD TRIAL.
Johnny Depp lost film roles after being branded a “wife beater” by the media following a comment by his ex-wife Amber Heard. At the time, she described herself as a victim of domestic violence. Though she didn’t specifically name Depp, Depp claimed his reputation took a hit after the comment was published.
Depp won his defamation lawsuit against Heard in September. The case made headlines during the six-week trial, and many nasty allegations were made on both sides. But in the end, many felt like Depp had been redeemed.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star has been open about the culture of abandonment while dealing with the legal drama.
“It’s so out of control now that I can promise you that no one is safe, none of you, no one outside this door. No one is safe,” Depp said while speaking to press at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2021. “It takes a set, and there’s no more floor, the carpet’s been pulled. This didn’t just happen to me, it happened to many people. That’s what happened to women, men. Unfortunately, at a certain point, they start thinking it’s normal, or that they are, when it’s not.”
Since the trial was completed, Depp has appeared at the MTV VMAs and in Rihanna’s recent Savage X Fenty runway show. He is also said to be directing his first film in three decades. He directs and co-produces Modi alongside Al Pacino and Barry Navidi.
Will Smith received backlash after slapping Chris Rock onstage during the 2022 Academy Awards.
Rock had joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s balding – the Red Table Talk host has alopecia and has been open about her diagnosis.
After the slap, Smith was banned from attending the Oscars and other Academy-sponsored events for the next 10 years. The actor lay down for a while before sharing a video apologizing to many, including Rock.
“Will Smith is an exceptional talent who will continue to be sought after for years to come. But until he gets over that, most studios shouldn’t expect to hire him,” crisis and branding expert Evan Nierman told Fox News Digital at the time of the hit. “Right now he’s a damaged asset, but I suspect he’ll break the stigma in time provided he takes the right steps and avoids further misjudgments or other massive misjudgments and self-control.”
Smith has seemingly started his comeback. His first film since the Oscar moment will be released on December 2nd. The actor has already been mentioned as a contender for another Best Actor Oscar. However, if he is nominated, he cannot attend the awards ceremony.
The ‘Aladdin’ star also understands that some fans may not be willing to support him.
“I totally understand that if someone isn’t ready, I would absolutely respect that and give them their space in not being ready,” Smith told FOX 5 DC reporter Kevin McCarthy. “My biggest concern is for my team – [director Antoine Fuqua] did what I consider to be the greatest achievement of his entire career.”
He added, “I hope that the material — the power of the film, the timeliness of the story — I hope that the good that can be done will at least open people’s hearts to see the incredible and to realize and.” to support artists in and around this film.”
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Mel Gibson’s fall from grace was spurred by an anti-Semitic tirade he uttered when he was arrested for DUI in 2006.
After the arrest, Winona Ryder came forward and claimed that Gibson once called her an “oven cheat.” The term refers to the Holocaust. The director denied Ryder’s claim and, according to multiple reports, called her a liar.
Gibson has also been accused of using homophobic and racist language. In 2010, leaked tapes showed Gibson yelling at his then-girlfriend, further cementing his fate. On the tapes, he used the n-word while talking to Oksana Grigorieva.
Grigorieva later accused Gibson of domestic abuse.
Despite his cancellation and a decade-long hiatus from Hollywood, Gibson is currently working on a number of new projects, including Lethal Weapon 5.
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Chrissy Teigen faced backlash after being accused of bullying Courtney Stodden.
Stodden, who identifies as non-binary and uses she/them pronouns, accused the model of cyberbullying after Teigen announced she was leaving Twitter in 2021 due to negativity.
At the time, Stodden claimed that Teigen tweeted how they should take a “dirt nap” and privately messaged them, urging them to commit suicide.
Teigen apologized on Twitter.
“Not many people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past cops — not in front of the whole world,” Teigen wrote at the time. “I am ashamed and saddened by who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention-seeking troll. I am ashamed and embarrassed by my behavior.”
“But that’s nothing compared to how I made Courtney feel,” Teigen continued. “I’ve worked so hard to make you happy and to be loved, and the feeling of letting you down is really almost unbearable. These weren’t my only mistakes and certainly won’t be my last as hard as I try, but God I’m going to try!!”
Despite the backlash, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen cookware and cookbooks are still being sold at retailers including Walmart and Amazon.
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Kevin Hart faced backlash after homophobic tweets resurfaced ahead of his performance at the 2019 Oscars. The comedian resigned from hosting earlier this year and has refused to publicly apologize. He said at the time that he had already addressed the old tweets.
“[They] basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your old tweets or we’ll have to move on and find another host,'” Hart previously said in an Instagram video. “I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. The reason I passed is because I addressed it multiple times.”
Since the backlash, Hart has debuted a new comedy show, No F–ks Given, and starred in a number of projects, including Fatherhood and a recent film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, DC League of Super -Pets”. “
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