Johnny Depp’s VMAs Appearance As A Moon Person, Explained
Just a few months he was awarded $10 million in damages in his defamation trial against Amber Heard, Johnny Depp
appeared at the 2022 VMAs in a bizarre cameo. After a performance by Lizzo, a Moon Person astronaut floated in the air above the stage.
The visor slid open and revealed a digitally superimposed image of Depp’s face inside the helmet. "Hey, you know what?" Depp said. "I needed the work."
Depp’s voice popped up again after a commercial break. "Hey VMAs, let's get back to the f*cking music, shall we?"
the Moon Person said. After Nicki’s Minaj’s performance, he then appeared once again, asking for more jobs. “I just want
you guys to know that I’m available for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, any old thing you need. Anything. You name it. Oh, I’m also a dentist.”
This marks Depp’s first televised appearance since his defamation trial against Heard was live-streamed to the public.
Depp, who was found by a U.K. judge to have abused Heard on 12 separate occasions, sued Heard in the wake of her publishing a 2018 op-ed in
which she called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse” who spoke out against “sexual violence.” On June 1, after over 60 hours of testimony, the jury ruled that Heard had defamed Depp.