Hours after a jury in Virginia ruled in favor of actor Johnny Depp in his defamation trial against actress Amber Heard, the official Twitter account for Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent out a tweet that left a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what they were up to.
According to Newsweek, the House Judiciary Committee used an image of Depp from his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series:
The scene shown in the GIF marks Depp’s first appearance as Sparrow in the film. Notably, though it isn’t apparent in the clip, he is standing atop a sinking ship and steps off the vessel onto a dock just before it goes completely under.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 1, 2022
It should be noted that Depp has made reference to a phrase that is also popular with Republicans: Cancel culture.
GOP Representative Jim Jordan, who serves as a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, used the term when coming to the defense of fellow Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia after she was stripped of House committee assignments over controversial views and comments, NPR reported.
“Everyone has said things they wish they didn’t say. Everyone has done things they wish they didn’t do,” Jordan said. “So who’s next? Who will the cancel culture attack next?”
The tweet drew a great deal of both mockery and criticism:
Celebrating the actor who has joked about Trump being assassinated. Odd flex. https://t.co/zJYiRovOpy
— Morgan Cameron Ross (@Morgan_C_Ross) June 1, 2022
Wait, I thought you were boycotting Disney for being too woke? Pick a lane, dipshits.
— Brian Jay Jones (@brianjayjones) June 1, 2022
Not even their hatred of Disney can top their hatred of women. https://t.co/qniK3fUnK6
— Adam Nathaniel Peck (@adamnpeck) June 1, 2022
He’s still not gonna vote for you, gym
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) June 1, 2022
It’s bad enough that it was done in the first place. But the fact that 6 hours later apparently no @JudiciaryGOP member objects strongly enough to have it taken down is downright pathetic. https://t.co/B2Q7tzNJQ7
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) June 2, 2022
This is what a war on women looks like. https://t.co/GfgEYPtNNZ
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) June 1, 2022
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