Joss Whedon, writer-director of Marvel’s “Avengers” films, has quit Twitter, reports E! Online. First he tweeted his own creepy version of a well-known lullaby via the now-defunct account:Image Credit: Twitter screenshot
Then, he departed with a more positive message to his fans:Image Credit: Twitter screenshot
Death threats and violent tweets like this one, which have since been deleted:Image Credit: Twitter screenshot
And this one, also deleted:Image Credit: Twitter screenshot
And many more. So how did it all start?
A few weeks back, two of the film’s stars, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner, made comments during a press interview that many deemed sexist. The discussion was about Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Widow, a former Russian spy who, along with her wits and fighting ability, uses her sexuality to vanquish foes.
When asked which superhero she’d wind up with, Renner and Evans laid into the character, seemingly jokingly:
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First Renner said:
“She’s a slut,”
Then Evans, laughing, added:
“She’s a complete whore.”
Although they were speaking—apparently facetiously—about the character Black Widow, and not actress Scarlet Johansen, social media was ablaze almost immediately with offended comments.
It wasn’t until the movie was actually released, though, that the real trouble for Whedon started. Die-hard fans, unhappy with his portrayal of the beloved Black Widow character, attacked him online:
Marvel fans: Are you gonna address how empty you've made Black Widow as a character?
Joss Whedon: Look how sexist this other movie is.
— Spooky The Clown ? (@ShartiTheClown) April 30, 2015
“Saturday Night Live” even did a parody of a hypothetical Black Widow movie, which created a whole new wave of backlash against Marvel and Whedon:
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scarlett johansson shouldn't have to "earn" a black widow movie . If fckn ant man can get handed a movie so can black widow
— ʸᵘⁿᵍ???? (@rickdeckards) May 5, 2015
Twitter user John Sargaent summed it all up rather well in this tweet:
For those wondering why Joss Whedon left Twitter – here's one suggestion that has come up … http://t.co/Tbghnjs7PQ
— John Sargeant (@JPSargeant78) May 4, 2015
Whedon’s had his problems with Twitter in the past. He once said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“The moment I joined, oh my God, what a responsibility, this is enormous work—very fun, but it really started to take up a huge amount of my head space”
He also revealed he’d quit once before due to repeated questions about making more episodes of his beloved first show “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” So, maybe this isn’t the last Twitter’s seen of Whedon.