“A guy who goes around saying ‘I’m a feminist’ usually has an agenda that is not feminist.”
–Joss Whedon, in an interview insisting he is a feminist
Yesterday actor Ray Fisher, who portrayed Cyborg in Justice League, called out director Joss Whedon for “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set of that film. Hard to believe, because Whedon is obviously God’s gift to women everywhere, the most feminist man of all time.
I know that Whedon is a superior feminist because this is what has been continually conveyed to me over 20 years by the media. Consider, for example,this interview he did with Vulture in 2017, in which he not only beats his chest about what a feminist he is, but also scolds those men who claim to be feminists but aren’t real feminists (like Joss):
“A guy who goes around saying ‘I’m a feminist’ usually has an agenda that is not feminist. A guy who behaves like one, who actually becomes involved in the movement, generally speaking, you can trust that. And it doesn’t just apply to the action that is activist. It applies to the way they treat the women they work with and they live with and they see on the street.”
“…every time I’m confronted with true misogyny, I’m stunned. I’m like, Really? That’s like, I don’t believe in airplanes. It’s like, What century are you from? I don’t get it. So usually I’m shocked, then occasionally amused, then occasionally extremely not amused, but once I get over the shock, it’s very clear that misogyny in our own culture—and not just where they perform genital mutilation and marry off 10-year-olds—runs so deep.”
2017 was also the year Whedon’s ex-wife Kai wrote a guest-post for The Wrap in which she accused him of being “a hypocrite preaching feminist idealsideals,” using her as “a shield” so others wouldn’t question him being a feminist, and having multiple affairs during their 15-year marriage.
Architect Kai Cole met Joss in 1991 and claims to have encouraged him to turn his “Buffy The Vampire” project, which disappointed him as a movie, into a television show. But once they got married and the hit “Buffy” television show began, things began to take a darker turn.
Cole claims Whedon, after their marriage was over, wrote the following to her:
“When I was running ‘Buffy,’ I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women. It felt like I had a disease, like something from a Greek myth. Suddenly I am a powerful producer and the world is laid out at my feet and I can’t touch it…I would have to lie—or conceal some part of the truth—for the rest of my life…”
After admitting to the affairs, he noted to her:
“In many ways I was the HEIGHT of normal, in this culture. We’re taught to be providers and companions and at the same time, to conquer and acquire — specifically sexually — and I was pulling off both!”
Of course, Cole’s claims, like that of Fisher and Buffy/Angel alum Charisma Carpenter, can’t possibly be true, because Whedon once posed in a series of pro-feminist selfies with Anita Sarkesian:
Perhaps Whedon and his fans could prove their ultra-wokeness by gaslighting Fisher, Cole, and Carpenter the way the ultra-“progressive” editorial staff of Cards Against Humanity did when their sole Black writer accused them of racism. In the CAH case, it is alleged they “solved” the issue by helping get that writer committed.
But what would I know, I’ve only dealt with multiple Joss Whedon types in the fandom community/industry for years. I’ve even gotten groped by one in my own office years ago.
I’m not bitter.