Libel, Summer Travel, Midterms | Daily Skimming Weekend

They’re not “just like us”

Depp v. Heard: The trial that no one could avoid is finished. The conversations he sparked about abuse, domestic violence and #MeToo will continue. But let’s not make a move of millions around two celebrities.

The story

From every angle, the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial was a spectacle. And thanks to live cameras from the courtroom — rare in trials centering on domestic abuse allegations — every look and gesture could be spliced, captioned and shared on every corner of social media. Which, domestic violence organizations warn, could have a “chilling effect” on survivors.

Let’s talk about it…

We don’t have to tell you that Heard has been vilified on social media. A staggering level of hatred towards the actress, from men’s rights “activists” and Depp fans alike flooded TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter for weeks. And the virality was relentless. The Depp-Heard lawsuit appeared to end largely in Depp’s favor. While the jury found libel on both sides, Depp was awarded more money. Still, some experts have raised inconsistencies in the verdict, and Heard plans to appeal. Whatever happens, the damage has already been done.

Keep on going.

Reminder: The Depp-Heard lawsuit was a pair of libel suits. This was not a criminal case of domestic violence. But retaliation — even just the threat of it — has long been part of the abusers’ playbooks, experts say. Now advocates fear that after watching the Depp-Heard trial, victims of abuse will be even more afraid to come forward publicly. Not just because they might not be believed. But because they fear being mocked, humiliated and slandered. Even sued. Especially if similar headline-grabbing defamation cases move forward. See: Marilyn Manson Sues Evan Rachel Wood. And Dave Portnoy pursues Initiated.


You said it. Some fear the Depp-Heard lawsuit will set a dangerous precedent for defamation cases. But others say survivors shouldn’t be deterred from telling the truth (or reporting it to authorities) because of a sensational celebrity case. Legally, defamation is defined as someone who knowingly posts or communicates lies about someone else to damage their reputation (which can include social media). Although in reality, even when the charges are true, an alleged abuser can still take you to court. It’s just one more tool that attackers can use. But survivors can also sue the abusers if they’re accused of making things up.


The staggering fact is that in the United States, 1 in 3 women – and 1 in 4 men – are victims of domestic violence. Those numbers are almost certainly higher, as it’s estimated that nearly half of all incidents may go unreported, according to the DOJ. Remember: There are resources and laws in place to protect survivors. And the speaking movement has gone too far to begin to back down.

PS: If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).


The weekend means more time to do the things you love. For many of us, it’s reading. But we can’t browse everything for you. So instead, we’re giving you an overview of the readings we’ve recorded, texted, and emailed to our friends…

Elliot Page Euphoria… In his own words, the Oscar-nominated actor offers an intimate look at his life as one of the world’s most famous transgender men.

How Bodegas Became Cultural Centers of Beauty…an ode to coming of age and to New York’s most special stores.

The women of ‘The Janes’ risked it all…a new documentary sheds light on the underground network of women who provided affordable and safe abortions in the days before Roe vs. Wade.

Break time

Downtime doesn’t have to mean doing nothing. Here is an idea to make the most of your weekend.

Summer has (unofficially) arrived. And after two years of pandemic-related postponements and delays, you might be ready to make up for lost time with an adventure away from home. It’s a trend that experts describe as a “revenge trip.” And to make sure your revenge is sweet, here are travel itineraries for just about every interest. (Don’t forget those smart travel accessories or flight essentials.)

like to get lost in a great tv show? Consider a trip that lets you experience your favorite stories. You could attend a tea party worthy of Queen Charlotte at “Bridgerton”. You could cross the Scottish Highlands like time travelers in love in “Outlander”. Or you can take a “Yellowstone”-inspired trip to, yes, Yellowstone.

After in harmony with nature what TV? Try a bird watching excursion. Think: days filled with id spans and the calls of the wild (don’t forget your trash cans!) and nights spent sleeping in the trees. Or you can hike to one of the country’s stellar Dark Sky Preserves.

Traveling during pride month? Visit the monuments where LGBTQ+ history was made, in the United States or abroad. (If you’re staying in the US, be sure to support gay-owned businesses along the way.)

And if you consider meals the highlight of any trip, visit the best restaurants in each state, which guarantee you a feeling of satiety. Ready, ready, let’s go!

PS: We answered your questions on summer travel – from managing COVID-19 testing requirements, to lowering flight and gas costs, and more.

Eyes on: 2022 mid-terms

Midterm elections have a significant impact on policies that affect our daily lives. So we are here to help you Skim your ballot. And Skimm what happens next week…

Game state(s): On Tuesday, June 7there is primary elections in California (Senate, House, Governor), Iowa (Senate, House, Governor), Mississippi (To lodge), Montana (To lodge), New Jersey (House), and New Mexico (House, Governor).

The talkers:

There are heated Senate (see: Iowa) and government (see: New Mexico) primaries this week. But most of the attention is on the home races, thanks to the newly redrawn Congress maps after the redrawing. As in…

  • California, where most House primaries have an incumbent Dem running for re-election. It’s part of what makes the state so attractive to the GOP as it tries to regain control of the House.

  • Iowabecause of the redistricting, Republicans believe they might have a chance of unseating the lone Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation.

  • Montana, who landed a second House representative, after having had only one for decades. This means that he has doubled the size of his delegation. The change should benefit Republicans, who seem likely to choose former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke as their name.

  • New Jersey, where Dems flipped a few seats during the Trump presidency. But after a tighter-than-expected gubernatorial race last year, some Republicans are looking at state House seats with fresh eyes. And using the primary to test how competitive some might be.

PS: The results of these elections belong to the voters. Click on here to learn more about how to make your vote count.

Skimmed by Rasheeda Campbell, Xian Chiang-Waren, Melissa Goldberg and Clem Robineau

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