Joss Whedon Calls ‘Horseshit’ On Quitting Twitter Because of Feminists

For those of you living rich, rewarding lives filled with human interaction and sex stuff, the thick nerd crust surrounding the Internet’s porn mantle has been completely losing its shit after Joss Whedon quit Twitter the Monday following Avengers: Age of Ultron opening weekend. And while he’s done this before, the blame was laid squarely at the feet of “militant feminists” who expressed valid concerns about Black Widow which then resulted in those feminists getting threatened with violence and rape because the Internet is a giant ouroboros turd. Turns out Joss Whedon quit Twitter for the same reason that everyone quits Twitter: Because it’s Twitter. Buzzfeed reports:

Whedon found one theory — that he left Twitter due to militant feminists angered over the film’s depiction of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) — particularly galling, so much so that he decided to break his silence.
That is horseshit,” he told BuzzFeed News by phone on Tuesday. “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.
“I saw a lot of people say, ‘Well, the social justice warriors destroyed one of their own!’ It’s like, Nope. That didn’t happen,” he continued. “I saw someone tweet it’s because Feminist Frequency pissed on Avengers 2, which for all I know they may have. But literally the second person to write me to ask if I was OK when I dropped out was [Feminist Frequency founder] Anita [Sarkeesian].”

So while some of the hate directed at Whedon did take the form of death threats, Whedon said he never saw anything on Twitter that escalated to the level of what feminists like Sarkeesian have had to face just about every day. “Nothing that made me go, ‘Wait, they’re calling from my house,’” he said. “It was like, OK, these guys don’t understand about hyperbole.”

So why did Joss Whedon quit Twitter? For the same reason he quit the last time, he’s done promoting a movie and has shit to do:

What did happen, Whedon said, is that he chose to embrace his long-standing desire post–Age of Ultron to reclaim his personal life and creative spark — and that meant saying good-bye to Twitter. “I just thought, Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place,” he said. “And this 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!”

And here’s why Patton Oswalt is awesome:

Because my life outside of celebrity tit photos is very, very dull, I’ve had several discussions (and a rant) about this kerfluffle and would now like to revel in how right I was – A woman’s never going to touch me. Let me have this. – about Joss Whedon not quitting Twitter because of feminists, but because he’s entirely burnt out on Marvel:

1. He put Anita Sarkeesian on the map, so there’s no way his Twitter feed wasn’t already a blood-filled toilet bowl of #GamerGate diarrhea. People complaining about Black Widow is nothing compared to that.

2. In his latest interview, he revealed Marvel was straight up dictating scenes for Age of Ultron and things got “very unpleasant.” On top of that, he’s also openly criticized the “Marvel formula” and made it clear several times that they fucked things up with Edgar Wright.

At the end of the day, a bunch of people got really mad either because Black Widow spent an entire movie hoping a boy would like her or because a rich Hollywood director stopped farting out 140 random characters. And I fully support all of it because it puts money in my pocket. Go meaningless shit that’s already irrelevant! *lights transgender firework, shoots the patriarchy in the dick with a Black Widow dart* (I have no idea what any of that means either. Just fight in the comments.)

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