Trolls are using Amber Heard’s name to demonize women who speak out against powerful men, according to a victim’s rights attorney. The phrase “Amber Heard 2.0” was widely used by Trump’s supporters to cast doubt on Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony as a former adviser. The goal, according to the attorney, is to “make an example of her, to see her thrown to the wolves and torn apart.”
Amber Heard’s name being exploited by right-wing influencers and trolls as a “new dog whistle” to disparage women is evidence of “the misogyny flowing through the veins of this society,” a victims’ rights attorney told Insider.
Donald Trump’s supporters dubbed former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson “Amber Heard 2.0” online after her shocking testimony about the former president’s actions on January 6, 2021, making reference to the infamous celebrity defamation trial starring the “Aquaman 2” actor and ex-husband Johnny Depp.
Two well-known QAnon influencers on Telegram retweeted a message by right-wing influencer Liz Crokin, and several posts referring to Hutchinson as “Amber Heard 2.0” received hundreds of likes on a far-right forum for Trump fans.
The goal, according to Carrie Goldberg, attorney, and founder of C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, a law practice that focuses on victims’ rights and sexual violence cases, is to make an example of her by having her thrown to the wolves and torn apart.
According to Goldberg, the far-response right to Hutchinson’s testimony exposes a trend of how strong men may utilize digital armies to discredit the women who speak out against them.
She claimed that the existence of troll armies ready to harass and kill women on behalf of dangerous and abusive males “truly highlights the misogyny flowing through the veins of this country and across the internet.” It’s hardly unexpected, according to Goldberg, that Heard’s name was used to attack another woman’s credibility.
The caricature of Amber Heard, she wrote, “would go on to serve this essential socio-cultural role for abusers: allowing them to simply and succinctly villainize women who testify against them in the future.”