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Actress Dakota Johnson: Cancel culture is a ‘f—ing downer’

Actress Dakota Johnson spoke about her former male co-stars who have been accused of assault and criticized cancel culture in a Wednesday interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” star addressed allegations of sexual misconduct against Johnny Depp, Shia LaBeouf and Armie Hammer, saying she “never experienced that firsthand.” 

“I had an incredible time working with them,” she added.

The three famed actors have each found themselves at the center of allegations. Hammer is the most recently accused; the Los Angeles Police Department announced an investigation into rape claims brought against him in March.

“I feel sad for the loss of great artists,” Johnson said, seemingly noting the impact the scandals have had on the men’s careers. She acknowledged the victims as well, saying, “I feel sad for people needing help and perhaps not getting it in time. I feel sad for anyone who was harmed or hurt. It’s just really sad.”

She argued that, although many aspects of Hollywood are “antiquated,” especially when it comes to equality and diversity, “there’s definitely a major overcorrection happening.”

“Cancel culture is such a f—ing downer,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I hate that term.”

Johnson is one of several A-listers who have spoken out about cancel culture. Depp bemoaned the phenomenon himself in September.

“It’s a very complex situation, this cancel-culture, or this instant rush to judgment based on essentially what amounts to polluted air,” Depp said, according to The Associated Press. “It’s got so far out of hand that I can assure you, no one is safe. Not one of you, so long as someone is willing to say one thing.”

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