So as many of you may or may not know that directer of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon was “bullied” off twitter yesterday by a group of people he identified as being allies with, extremist Feminists(note: I generally don’t have a problem with Feminists, I have a problem with extremists devoid of logic, who scream “patriarchy” at me.) Many in the gaming and geek community already knew about his rampant ignorant comments at groups like #gamergate and people who generally disagreed with infamous Video Game gender “critic” Anita Sarkeesian, making many in those hard core communities not want to support Avengers: Age of Ultron on day one (as little as that would do) to express their discontent.
Now if you have ever caught me on the many independent gaming streams, you would know when Whedon comes up, for the last 5 months I have been saying two very distinct things; Whedon has never written women into particularly strong solo roles and he never will and as soon as Age of Ultron hits theaters, the Radical Feminist groups Whedon has been pandering to on twitter to attack the geek audience will eat him alive. O and the feast was bountiful. How lush you might ask? Check out this image below. (Click to enlarge)
This is not even 1% of the messages he was swamped with. But why all the hate? Because as I stated above, Whedon has never written women into particularly strong solo rolls. But what do I mean by that? Every female character he crafts with his film work tends to have a certain degree of vulnerability that plays toward what many would call “traditional gender roles” much of the time relying on a male counterpart for some type of support. Its not bad writing or directing, its just kinda his style, and there is nothing really wrong with it in my opinion. I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, which have huge and numerous examples of this sort of character style.
Now I have to say at some point down the line, Whedon lost his fucking mind or has some extreme form of amnesia that only makes him forget his past films he has worked on, because he seemingly started propping up ideas and people that totally went against the grain of his major body of work.
This would have been somewhat humorous if it did not affect a small portion of fans in the way it did. A portion of fans mind you, that worshiped the ground that he walked on, and in turn he spit in the face of them, laughing. Now, while I do think Whedon is very competent at his job, it does not afford him anything other than a “good job” with his stacks of millions of dollars he got from the movies. It certainly does not afford him the right to be an asshole who laughs in the face of his fans, and as fans we need to learn to be able to enjoy someones work while understanding that they might not be the best person in the world, and in this case support hypocritical beliefs and “believers” that will end up causing so much harm, that he needs to run away from social media.
Whedon is not some child that needs to be saved, he is a millionaire director that made extremely piss poor decisions that are destroying his public image on all sides. Leaving me to ask, when you have all the money in the world, whats the last thing you strive for? Ego? Acceptance? Power? Well whatever it is, it seems that Whedon’s was hit in the junk hard enough to make him run away and lick his wounds. May he learn from this, and maybe not make such a fool of himself.