'Saturday Night Live' Faces Backlash After Poking Fun At Depp/Heard Trial

Saturday Night Live has come under fire for mocking Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's legal battle.
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The sketch show has a long history of poking fun at current events, but some viewers clearly believe that certain topics are not suitable comedy fodder.

While it may have been the subject of many internet memes and viral headlines, the $50 million defamation trial between celebrity exes Depp and Heard has some serious issues at its core.

Depp is suing Heard over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post, in which she claimed to be a survivor of domestic abuse. Heard, meanwhile, is countersuing Depp for $100 million, citing several occasions when she alleges he was physically abusive during their volatile relationship.

Over the last few weeks, the trial has waged on, with both parties giving emotional testimonies about the abuse they suffered at each other's hands whilst married.

But the harrowing details of the case weren't enough to deter SNL producers from parodying it in their most recent episode this weekend.

The sketch focuses particularly on dramatizing Depp's allegation that his then-wife defecated on his bed while they were fighting. We see video evidence of Depp's household staff arguing over who has to clean up the mess, while Depp (played by Kyle Mooney) giggles and smirks from the witness stand.

In the end, the judge (Cecily Strong) concludes: "On one hand, I believe Mr. Depp's story. But, on the other hand, your constant little smirk lets me know that this is not the first woman that you made so mad that she [defecated] on your bed."

"I guess I have been known to be a full nightmare," Mooney's Depp replies jokingly.

The sketch didn't go down well with many viewers, who took to social media to lambast NBC and SNL for making light of such a serious issue as domestic violence.

"This is really gross guys," one viewer tweeted, before asking: "How did so many people approve this and think it's okay to make fun of an ongoing trial of such sensitivity?"

"So y’all saw a case involving testimonies about domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual assault, emotional trauma, mental illness, and medical emergencies including people losing actual body parts… and your first thought was 'this would be a funny sketch for our comedy show,'" another commented in outrage.

"Absolutely NOTHING about this is funny...reeks of a desperation to be somewhat relevant. Domestic violence should in no way, shape or form be treated as a laugh or joked about. Beyond low!!" a third agreed.

After a 10-day hiatus, Depp and Heard's trial continued on Monday, May 16.

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