Helena Bonham Carter slams the concept of cancel culture and says it's become 'hysterical'
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Helena Bonham Carter has called for an end to the 'witch hunt' of cancel culture.
The 56-year-old British star sat down with The Times to share her thoughts on modern sensitivities.
"You can't ban people. I hate cancel culture," Bonham Carter said.
"It has become quite hysterical and there's a kind of witch hunt and a lack of understanding."
The Fight Club star added that most people would have a skeleton in their closet that should see them get cancelled.
"Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who, if you looked closely enough at their personal life, you would disqualify them," the star added.
Bonham Carter has collaborated with people who have been shot into the cancel culture limelight of recent years and is standing by them.
She famously also worked with controversial author J.K Rowling on the Harry Potter films and with Johnny Depp on numerous projects.
The films with Depp were directed by her ex-husband Tim Burton and include credits such as Alice in Wonderland (2010), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and 2005's Corpse Bride.
Both Rowling and Depp have been embroiled in controversy in recent years, with Rowling facing accusations of transphobia and Depp copping heat during his publicly broadcasted defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard.
Despite the scandal enshrouding Rowling and Depp, Bonham Carter has since spoken out in the pair's defence.
Bonham Carter said 'Johnny certainly went through it' and she also accused Heard of getting on 'that pendulum' of the Me Too movement.
"That’s the problem with these things — that people will jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and to be the poster girl for it," Bonham Carter said.
She believes Depp has been 'completely vindicated' and is 'totally fine' now that the defamation trial is finished.
On whether or not J.K Rowling deserves to be cancelled, Bonham Carter branded the backlash the author has faced as 'horrendous' and 'a load of b***ocks'.
The actor resolved not everyone has to agree on everything because that would just be 'insane and boring' and that Rowling wasn't 'meaning it aggressively' but just 'saying something out of her own experience'.