Dakota Johnson, who famously starred in Fifty Shades of Grey is not a admirer of cancel culture. In a news interview with The Hollywood Times, she clearly said, “Such a f— downer. I hate that term”. She further added, “I think there’s definitely a major overcorrection happening. But I do believe that there’s a way for the pendulum to find the middle.”

Johnson was having a conversation with The Hollywood Times about her new coming projects and her “tabloid-trolled private life” when there came up a question about the cancel culture, #MeToo movement, and what impact has it had on some actors she has worked with, including Shia Labeouf (The Peanut Butter Falcon), Johnny Depp (Black Mass), and Armie Hammer (The Social Network). When questioned about the critical claims that have been levelled against the performers, Johnson stated, “None of those people have ever told me anything like that. Working with them was a dream come true for me” before expanding on her thoughts on abusers and Hollywood’s blacklisting.

Dakota Johnson feels sad for actors accused of misconduct

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Dakota Johnson with Johnny Depp.

Saying about the people in the movie industry who, after being accused, became blacklisted, Dakota Johnson expressed her feeling to The Hollywood Reporter, “I feel sad for the loss of great artists”.

“I feel sad for people needing help and perhaps not getting it in time,” she added. “I feel sad for anyone who was harmed or hurt. It’s just really sad.” Johnson has a strong belief that there is always scope in people to mend their deeds, and that if the business wants to “evolve” and get better it’ll have to move past just calling artists out and fix its “antiquated mindset.”

“I do believe that people can change,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I want to believe in the power of a human being to change and evolve and get help and help other people…It is such an antiquated mindset of what movies should be made, who should be in them, how much people should get paid, what equality and diversity look like. Sometimes the old school needs to be moved out for the new school to come in.”

Former co-actors of Dakota Johnson — Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp and Shia LaBeouf — are all facing many allegations of emotional and physical abuse. Hammer was accused of sexual misconduct and rape in early 2021, along with allegations of having violent sexual fantasies (via CBS). Depp and LaBeouf are both facing accusations of physical assault and abuse by their former partners, Amber Heard and FKA Twigs, respectively. The actors have all denied the allegations against them.

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