Joss Whedon made his name directing cult television shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and big-budget action movies that often featured women in empowering roles. Many applauded him for being a champion of women, a feminist in an industry accused of misogyny and sexism.
That image was challenged by his ex-wife Kai Cole, who wrote an essay in a Hollywood industry blog called the Wrap Sunday accusing him of serially cheating during their 16-year marriage and calling him a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.”
“I want to let women know that he is not who he pretends to be,” Cole wrote. “I want the people who worship him to know he is human, and the organizations giving him awards for his feminist work, to think twice in the future about honoring a man who does not practice what he preaches.”
Cole had a different take on Buffy. “On the set of ‘Buffy,’ Joss decided to have his first secret affair,” she wrote.
She claimed that for the next 15 years, as he went on to direct major films such as “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” he continued carrying out affairs while she suffered.
“I went from being a strong, confident woman, to a confused, frightened mess,” she wrote. “I was eventually diagnosed with Complex PTSD and for the last five years, I have worked hard to make sense of everything that happened and find my balance again.”
I’ll be honest, not a great look to cheat on your wife so hard that gets diagnosed with ‘Complex’ PTSD. Normal PTSD, sure fine. But once it becomes complex, you’ve gone too far. Look, every single director is creepy as fuck so we shouldn’t be mega surprised that Whedon used his power to take advantage of women on set but to drag his wife through the mud is a bit much.
Alfred Hitchcock sexually assaulted Tippi Hedren. James Cameron creeped on Linda Hamilton so hard when filming Terminator that he eventually broke her down and together they had what sounds like the worst marriage of all time. Nate Parker who remade Birth of a Nation last year was charged with rape. Being a movie directing and being a creep go hand in hand.
Joss Whedon is that special type of predator that pretends to be a feminist to prey on girls ybut actually only sees women as vaginas. You pretend like you care about how female characters but then refuse to give Scarlett Johansson any lines in Avengers while you whip it out for some intern you’ve cornered in your trailer while your wife is on speaker phone.
Having said all of that, can’t wait to see his Batgirl movie.
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