Duolingo under fire for ‘insensitive’ joke by Amber Heard against Johnny Depp

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Language learning app Duolingo has come under fire after its social media team dumped one “insensitive” joke via Amber Heard under a viral TikTok video.

On Tuesday, NBC News uploaded a clip to TikTok showing Heard being questioned in the Blockbuster defamation trial, where she is being sued by ex-husband Johnny Depp.

In the video, Heard insinuated that she was the target of an online hate campaign, saying, “You can look up any of us online and find out who’s being abused.”

“Y’all think Amber is watching Tiktok?” the official Duolingo account commented below the clip.

The comment has since been deleted under the NBC News TikTok. The Post has reached out to Duolingo for comment on the matter.

The joke was quickly condemned by angry social media users, many of whom took to Twitter to blast the company for meddling in a sensitive legal case.

"You think Amber is watching TikTok?" The official DuoLingo account commented below the clip on Tuesday.  The comment has since been deleted.
“Y’all think Amber is watching Tiktok?” the official Duolingo account commented below the clip on Tuesday. The comment has since been deleted.
@ChrisHarihar / Twitter

“On what planet does a brand – even @duolingo – think it’s cool to make jokes about an alleged victim of domestic violence? The dork fandom bubble on TikTok is very real, but no brand should even come close to it.” blown up a person with her tweet garnering more than 44,000 likes.

“I would sue Duolingo just to make a mark.” another ragedwhich means Heard should take legal action against the company.

“We are awaiting a statement explaining why your team thinks domestic violence is a ridiculous matter!” a third person tweeted directly to Duolingo.

The joke was quickly condemned by angry social media users, many of whom took to Twitter to blast the company for meddling in a sensitive legal case.
@ChrisHarihar / Twitter

However, not everyone was upset that the company got involved in the process, with one of Amber Heard’s supporters charging that she was holding on to straws with her outrage.

“You don’t really care, do you? A TikTok comment… from Duolingo?” asked the Twitter user.

Some companies may feel compelled to comment on the ongoing legal drama to maintain relevance as the court case captivates people across the US.

The riveting courtroom drama has averaged 508 social media interactions — ie.  Likes, comments and shares - for each published article in the last month.
Some companies may feel compelled to comment on the ongoing legal drama to maintain relevance as the court case captivates people across the US.

A recent analysis by social media surveillance firm NewsWhip shows that Americans are more interested in the Depp v. Heard trial than news of inflation, abortion or the war in Ukraine.

In fact, the trial played out on social media, with tens of thousands of videos related to the case made on TikTok.

In this app, videos with the hashtag “#JusticeForJohnnny” have been viewed a staggering 13.4 billion times. A majority of the clips created on TikTok were critical of Heard and her testimony.

Heard has been the subject of intense hate on Twitter and TikTok, with Johnny Depp superfans besmirching her name.
Heard has been the subject of intense hate on Twitter and TikTok, with Johnny Depp superfans besmirching her name.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed the Aquaman star wrote in which she said she was a victim of sexual assault. 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. Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim.

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