Johnny Depp Trial Souvenir Cottage Industry Thrives on Etsy

The Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial has dominated social media, produced dozens of viral moments, fan theories, TikTok parodies, and has now inspired a thriving souvenir industry online.

As the Pirates of the Caribbean actor's defamation trial against his ex-wife continues, so too do the memes and jokes and now keepsakes being made about the situation.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for defamation over an op-ed she wrote about domestic abuse in The Washington Post in 2018. She is counter-suing for $100 million for damages.

The trial is adjourned this week but will resume from Fairfax, Virginia on Monday, May 16. Proceedings have been televised and are available to watch live, with millions of people reacting to the events in real-time on social media.

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A cottage souvenir industry has popped up in connection with the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. Pictured, Depp returns to the courtroom after a lunch break at the Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 4, 2022. AFP via Getty Images/ELIZABETH FRANTZ

A number of viral moments from the trial have prompted certain creators to make themed souvenirs, mostly in support of Depp, in what is a burgeoning thriving cottage industry on craft seller platforms like Etsy.

On Etsy, a search of the term "Johnny Depp trial" brings up thousands of results with customers presented with everything from sloganed sweatshirts, to wine glasses, coffee cups and art prints.

In a nod to one viral moment from the courtroom when Depp was interrupted on the grounds of hearsay several times, one seller is offering a "HearSay Tavern Shirt."

While another seller is selling a shirt quoting Depp that reads: "Isn't Happy Hour Anytime?"

Referencing the "mega pint of wine" moment from the trial, a number of sellers have capitalized on the phrase to create sloganed drinking receptacles.

Badges, birthday cards, stickers and more are available to purchase.

Meanwhile on Instagram, one crafter, @littlemisswrapper is raffling off a hamper of homemade Depp/Heard trial-related products.

"As you can probably tell...I've been glued to the Johnny Depp Case while making my orders. So I've made a whole Gift Package by hand and the winner will get it delivered to their door. If you've been keeping up with the case or seen snippets of it, then this giftset will make sense to you," the post's caption reads.

The memeification of the Depp vs. Heard trial is being condemned by a number of people who are urging Depp fans to stop making light of Heard's testimony.

"Johnny Depp won't see your posts turning Amber Heard's graphic rape allegations into a humiliating meme, but your friends who have survived sexual violence will. #DeppVsHeard," tweeted writer Lucia Osborne-Crowley.

While actor and writer Tova Leigh told Newsweek: "I saw people using sound clips from [Heard's] testimony where she describes rape and sexual assault to create comic videos, many of these people were women and it was shocking to watch.

"I couldn't believe they were making fun of sexual violence or any violence for that matter.

"The fact they didn't believe her didn't matter in my opinion," Leigh said. "Sexual violence is not a joke, imagine all the victims of sexual assault watching people making rape jokes, it is so wrong."

The trial continues next week.