Though there has been no official statement from Netflix, the streaming giant has apparently removed all Johnny Depp titles from its American library. This news comes on the heels of actor Shia LaBeouf being removed from Netflix’s award consideration website and publicity materials following recent allegations of physical, emotional, and mental abuse. As of this writing, several titles with LaBeouf were still on Netflix. Likewise, Depp titles can still be accessed on Netflix outside the United States.
Depp lost a high-profile libel case in the UK last month against the Sun who called the fading former A-lister a wifebeater. In his decision, Judge Nicol said, “taking all evidence together, I accept [Amber Heard] was the victim of sustained and multiple assaults by Depp. I accept her evidence of the nature of the assaults he committed against her. They must have been terrifying.”
This may have been a delayed reaction to the results of that trial, timed to correspond with their actions on LaBeouf, or it may just be part of Netflix’s standard cycling of titles in and out of their library.
The former Captain Jack Sparrow was also featured in a scathing article by The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month in which several Hollywood insiders portrayed him as toxic.
According to satista.com, Netflix had 195.15 million paid subscribers worldwide as of the third quarter of 2020. Most Netflix subscribers are based in the United States, with the U.S. accounting for over 73 million of Netflix’s total global subscriber base. They’re not likely to be intimidated by threats of boycotts from fans of Johnny Depp. Disney + still has several available to stream, but they’re under a boycott by Depp fans already.
UPDATE: What’s On Netflix, a Netflix fansite, says the removal of Depp titles is as we mentioned above: “part of Netflix’s standard cycling of titles in and out of their library.” It also states this rumor began with Johnny Depp fans.
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