The ACLU Has Lost Its Way

Source: The Atlantic
by Lara Bazelon

“The lurid spectacle that is Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard hasn’t just tarnished his star and hers …. it exemplifies the degree to which the ACLU has lost its way in recent years. The heart of Depp’s claim is that Heard ruined his acting career when she published a 2018 op-ed in The Washington Post describing herself as ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse’ — a thinly veiled reference to much-publicized accusations of assault she made against Depp in court filings toward the end of their short-lived marriage. But Heard hadn’t pitched the idea to the Post — the ACLU had. … the ACLU had spearheaded the effort and served as Heard’s ghostwriter in exchange for her promise to donate $3.5 million to the organization. The promised donation also bought Heard the title of ACLU ‘ambassador on women’s rights with a focus on gender-based violence.'” (05/10/22)