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MTV VMAs 2022

Johnny Depp surprise and Maneskin censor at the 2022 MTV VMAs

The Hollywood star hasn’t hidden away since his defamation court case with Amber Heard, this time popping up at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Johnny Depp ha vuelto al ojo público, esta vez tras aparecer en los MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) como el característico ‘moonman’ de los premios.
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The VMAs are back... and they included Johnny Depp!

Yes, that’s right, the shrinking violet who has shunned all public life since his high profile defamation case against Amb... oh wait!

As we all know, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor didn’t even wait for the verdict of his trial against ex-wife Heard before hitting the European music scene. And on Sunday he was back on stage, this time in a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, popularly known as the VMAs. It’s the showbiz extravaganza in which the best music videos of the year are recognized and awards are handed out to the winners, normally by the most relevant entertainment artists of the moment.

Special guest presenter at this year’s awards, therefore, was Johnny Depp, who’s court case made him headline news around the globe.

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Why did Johnny Depp appear at the MTV VMAs as a ‘Moonman’?

The rumors were proved true. For weeks, the mill circulated on social media that Depp would make an appearance at the VMAs ceremony as a ‘Moonman,’ the famous astronaut-suited character for the awards.

Recently renamed ‘Moonperson’ to cover gender balance, it appeared on air with Depp’s face, which had been pre-recorded and in which the actor joked that he “needed the job”, adding that he is “available for birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, weddings and whatever else they need.”

It has been reported that Johnny was invited for said surprise appearance at the VMAs after the recent announcement of his return to movie game and his new contract with Dior to continue being the face of the Sauvage fragrance.

Despite taking up so many column inches and screen footage over recent months, the truth is that Depp is not a common feature on US television. This was his first major one since 2017, when he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show. In his history with MTV, Johnny has been honored with five MTV Movie Awards in his career, including Best Villain, Global Superstar, Best Male Performance and the Generation of 2012 Award.

Why was Måneskin’s MTV VMAs performance censored?

So Johnny Depp made his presence known but there was a blackout for another scheduled star, Måneskin.

Due to what has been a described as a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ empty seats were shown to viewers for around 40 seconds instead of the performance. It appears that Victoria De Angelis’ top fell off while on stage.

Left to right | Ethan Torchio, Victoria De Angelis, Damiano David, and Thomas Raggi of Måneskin.
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Left to right | Ethan Torchio, Victoria De Angelis, Damiano David, and Thomas Raggi of Måneskin.Dia DipasupilGetty

The group’s lead bassist wasn’t phased by the incident -- as you can see from the photo she wasn’t exactly dressed to cover up -- and kept playing on regardless. She has also been known to reveal her breasts at concerts before.

Complaints piled in on social media saying that it was unfair on the band to reduce their time in the spotlight, while others strongly suggested that it was all an obvious headline-grabbing publicity stunt anyway. You won’t find us writing about it then. Oh!

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