Phoebe Bridgers, a close friend of Heard's, has now come to her defense

Phoebe Bridgers, a close friend of Heard's, has now come to her defense

Amber Heard has been subjected to a relentless campaign of harassment and abuse since she came forward to accuse her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, of domestic violence

Phoebe Bridgers, a close friend of Heard's, has now come to her defense, calling out the double standards that too often exist when it comes to how we view and judge victims of domestic violence.

"There is no 'perfect victim,'" Bridgers wrote in a series of tweets. "What Amber has experienced is sickening and heartbreaking, and I can't imagine what it's been like for her to have to deal with this on top of everything else. The way she has been treated is shameful, and it's time for people to stop ****-shaming and victim-blaming her."

Bridgers' words are a much-needed reminder that there is no such thing as a "perfect victim." Too often, we judge and critique victims of domestic violence, ****-shaming them and questioning their motives. This does nothing but further traumatize them and discourage others from coming forward. We need to start believing and supporting victims, not tearing them down.

Phoebe Bridgers is an American singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California. She began her career as a solo artist, releasing her debut album, Stranger in the Alps, in 2017 to critical acclaim. Bridgers gained further attention in 2020 with the release of her second album, Punisher, which received even more praise from critics. She has also collaborated with other artists, most notably with boygenius, a supergroup consisting of herself, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus. Bridgers' music is often described as "sad" or "melancholy," but it is also incredibly beautiful and haunting. Her lyrics are introspective and often deal with themes of heartbreak, loss, and grief. Bridgers is an incredibly talented artist, and her music has resonated with many people.

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