Johnny Depp called a ‘rapidly decaying corpse’ over ‘Fenty’ appearance, Rihanna endures backlash

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 17: Johnny Depp attends the 'Lone Ranger' Japan Premiere at Roppongi Hills on July 17, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.The film will open on August 2 in Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Her normally devoted fans chastised Rihanna after allowing suspected abuser Johnny Depp to participate in her Savage X Fenty fashion show, despite the actor’s victory in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

According to, Rihanna’s fans were disappointed with her decision, especially in light of the 2009 assault she suffered at the hands of then-boyfriend Chris Brown.

They took to social media to express their displeasure. According to reports on Thursday, Rihanna and her team invited Depp, 59, to have a “star” moment during her lingerie brand’s Vol. 4 presentation. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor gladly accepted the offer, and the cameo has already been filmed.

He will make history as the first male to appear in one of Rihanna’s “star” moments, but fans have mixed feelings about the distinction.

One person spewed on Twitter:

“Rihanna going out of her way to, like, rehabilitate the image of a domestic abuser and rapist is f—— crazy cause the hell is johnny depp, a rapidly decaying corpse, going to do at a LINGERIE SHOW? but even past all that does she even know her audience?”

Another wrote:

“Rihanna dropped Draya for making inappropriate abuse jokes but is giving Johnny Depp (an abusive piece of s—) a segment on her show. What even is the correlation??”

A third one wrote:

“Out of all the unproblematic white men in hollywood rihanna and her team go for johnny depp? like tf??”

Although many people were upset by Rihanna’s decision to include Johnny Depp, she was not universally reviled.

They expressed gratitude for Rihanna’s support and recognition of Johnny Depp’s work. While some attempt to discredit her for collaborating with Johnny Depp, supporters point out that Rihanna is also a survivor of domestic violence who can identify other victims. Her support for Depp is thus admirable because she is honest and genuine in recognizing the true victim in an abuse situation, regardless of gender.

One abuse survivor is using their power to help another abuse survivor marginalized by many. One person commented: that is a true queen, that is genuine authority.

Depp sued Heard in 2018 for an opinion piece in which she claimed to be a survivor of domestic violence. She countersued, and the case was settled in a weeks-long public trial.

The jury ultimately awarded the actor $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, with the latter reduced due to the state’s statutory maximum or legal limit.