“Avengers: Age of Ultron” made headlines earlier this week for its massive opening weekend performance at the box office, but director Joss Whedon also received attention for deleting his Twitter account on Monday. The director’s disappearance from the public eye came just as criticism began to heat up regarding a number of plot points in “Age of Ultron,” most centered around Black Widow’s portrayal in the film.
In a new interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon denies the claims that he quit Twitter because of harassment from “militant feminists.”
“That is horseshit,” Whedon told BuzzFeed News. “Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter. That’s something I’m used to. Every breed of feminism is attacking every other breed, and every subsection of liberalism is always busy attacking another subsection of liberalism, because god forbid they should all band together and actually fight for the cause.”
The writer then clarified that he left the social network in order to focus on writing. “I just thought, ‘Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place,'” said Whedon. “And [Twitter] is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life. … It’s like taking the bar exam at Coachella. It’s like, ‘Um, I really need to concentrate on this! Guys! Can you all just… I have to… It’s super important for my law!'”
Whedon also dismissed rumors that he quit the social media site because of criticism his new film received from Feminist Frequency — criticism that never happened, according to FF founder Anita Sarkeesian. Whedon noted in the Buzzfeed interview that Sarkeesian was “the second person to write me to ask if I was OK when I dropped out [of Twitter].”
“For someone like Anita Sarkeesian to stay on Twitter and fight back the trolls is a huge statement,” continued Whedon. “It’s a statement of strength and empowerment and perseverance, and it’s to be lauded. For somebody like me to argue with a bunch of people who wanted Clint and Natasha to get together [in ‘Age of Ultron’], not so much. For someone like me even to argue about feminism — it’s not a huge win. Because ultimately I’m just a rich, straight, white guy. You don’t really change people’s minds through a tweet. You change it through your actions. The action of Anita being there and going through that and getting through that and women like her — that says a lot.”
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