Who is Raven Smith? Vogue article compares Amber Heard’s trial to a ‘modern witch trial’, divides the internet

British Vogue columnist Raven Smith recently left the internet divided after writing about the Johnny Depp libel lawsuit against Amber Heard. In an article titled “Why It’s Time to Believe Amber Heard,” the writer called the trial a “tortuous exorcism of the past.”

Smith addressed the “horrific and violent” statements provided by Depp and Heard, but said testimony can be “persuasive” and no one can be sure of the “absolute truth” because the case involves two actors.

He also wrote on some prominent social media hashtags like #JusticeForJohnnyDepp and #AmberTurd, commenting that the “anti-Heard” sentiment on social media is “palpable”.

Smith continued to mock Johnny Depp fans for siding with the actor and claimed the lawsuit had “discredited Heard…whatever its truth.”

Raven Smith even likened the libel case to a “modern witch trial” while defending Heard in her story:

“And regardless of what Heard suffered or did not suffer at the hands of Depp, isn’t relentlessly memeing her a form of violence in itself? Isn’t social media caning not a form of psychological aggression? Aren’t we witnessing a modern-day witch trial?”

The author concluded his article by mentioning that he can no longer support both sides, saying it was “time to believe women, all women”, including Amber Heard.


All about Raven Smith

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Raven Smith is a British Vogue columnist who is often dubbed the “funniest person on Instagram”. He was born on March 7, 1985 in the United States and currently lives in London with his husband and cat.

Smith graduated from the London College of Printing in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography. He has gained huge popularity on Instagram for his meme photography and has over 160,000 followers on the platform.

The media personality gained further recognition as commissioning director of London-based publication NOWNESS, a role he held between 2013 and 2016. The following year he launched his own eponymous photojournalism brand.

At British Vogue, Smith typically writes the Friday night column on interesting topics that hold her attention throughout the week. This includes The Kardashians, Channing Tatum goes blonde, Kanye’s Sunday service at IKEA meatballs, ceramics and turtleneck season, among others.

Speaking to Sonder & Tell, Smith said his Friday night columns were “more celebratory than critical”:

“The internet is full of negativity, so why not stick your head out and say you like something?”

Smith also shared that screenshotting is her biggest weapon for staying on top of all things pop culture:

“I’m addicted to screen capture. I capture, seize and collect the moments when I need to concentrate or develop an idea. You never know when a photo of Mariah Carey on rollerblades will inspire an Instagram strategy. I also have an app where I dictate notes. Our thoughts race throughout the day, so I try to catch up with them and come back to them later for a closer look.

The content creator also defined his approach to Instagram as “spiritual, timely and timeless.” In addition to British Vogue, Raven Smith also writes a monthly column in Style where he investigates the absurd details of modern life.


Twitter reacts to Raven Smith’s post about Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s lawsuit

Raven Smith's article on the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard lawsuit has the internet divided (Image via raven_smith/Instagram)
Raven Smith’s article on the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard lawsuit has the internet divided (Image via raven_smith/Instagram)

The Johnny Depp libel lawsuit against Amber Heard has continued to make headlines since it began in Fairfax County Court on April 11. The case has also come under intense scrutiny, with netizens dissecting each court session on social media.

More recently, Raven Smith’s Vogue article defending Heard made the rounds online and sparked a debate. Several social media users took to Twitter to react to the story. While many criticized the writer for his opinion, some defended his view.

@Raven__Smith @voguemagazine What prevents us from believing it? Oh, I don’t know… maybe audio confessions from her, eyewitnesses who saw her uninjured, saw her attack JD, perjured testimony, lack of medical records. In short, those of us who don’t believe her have a brain cell.

@Raven__Smith @voguemagazine You wrote “We all understand Depp fans will be on Depp’s side.” That’s not true. These types of abuse allegations shatter an actor’s loyalty. People laugh at Amber Heard because her outrageous claims are so easily refuted by evidence. They hate her for the wicked in her soul.

@Raven__Smith @voguemagazine I only saw Johnny in Pirates of the Caribbean, I was never a big fan of him. Never followed his career. I watched more movies with Amber in them. I believe Johnny because of the evidence. And because of lack or evidence from Amber.

@Raven__Smith @voguemagazine We believed her. The women had a long and difficult road, where many died, in the hope that someone would believe in us say. the #Me too movement opened a way. NOW she is a reference of the “lie of women”, she mocks the victims of DV. No, it’s time to show that we’re going to believe the victim. SMDH.

As conflicting reactions continue to pour in online, it remains to be seen if Raven Smith will address the response to her post in the coming days.

In the meantime, Amber Heard has concluded her testimony in court and Johnny Depp is expected to take the stand again ahead of the jury’s verdict. The defamation lawsuit is expected to be completed by the end of this month.


Edited by Mohini Banerjee

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