You “heard” wrong.
Snapchat has debunked a popular social media rumor that its viral new crying face filter is based on actress Amber Heard crying in court. The social media platform cleaned up in a statement to TMZ.
For the digitally uninitiated, the filter is essentially an augmented reality lens that you place over people’s faces, turning them into a bubbling mess, like a virtual Greek tragedy mask. The feature has amassed over 1.3 billion SnapChat impressions since its premiere last week, as social media users threw crying faces over videos around the web.
At the same time, rumors were circulating that the feature was inspired by Amber Heard’s tearful statement during her ongoing defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp. The Aquaman actress collapsed in court last week, prompting die-hard Depp supporters to accuse her of “fake crying” and being a “bad actress.”
“The Amber Heard filter is running hard and they’re killing me” wrote a gullible onlooker on Twitter of the alleged digital facsimile. Another thought “New #AmberHeard The Snapchat filter just dropped. I’m dead.”
A social media rumor monger even posted a TikTok video contrasting the filter with Heard’s now-infamous “crying face.”
Snapchat PR reps have since dismissed the rumors, insisting the lens wasn’t based on the Justice League star, TMZ reported. Not to mention that the company had started developing the filter six months ago, well before Heard was sobbing on the stand. Snapchat had also previously introduced a smiley face filter, so perhaps it was only logical that a sad face would follow.
This wouldn’t have been the first time social media has snapped at the Rum Diary actress, however. Heard was recently ridiculed online for a statement in which she winced, recalling how her “dog stepped on a bee” while describing a fight with then-husband Depp.
TikTokers mocked the clip by editing it into bits and stitching together videos of their own random rhymes and twitches.
The viral videos begin with the original “My dog stepped on a bee” byte from Heard’s testimony, before TikTokers erupt into their own poetry.
“My dad needs to pee,” says one man, before user Cloeann Hardee sadly says, “I forgot my house key,” in a video that has amassed 6.3 million views.
Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed the actress wrote in which she said she was a victim of sexual violence.
She didn’t specifically name Depp in the article, but it was written after Heard sought a restraining order against her ex-husband in 2016 over allegations of abuse. Depp is seeking $50 million in damages, while Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim.