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Did fan Black Widow backlash force Joss Whedon off Twitter?

May 5th, 2015 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

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Joss Whedon has been under a great deal of public scrutiny over the last several weeks, for many different reasons. However, it would seem that one of these reasons has pushed him one step too far.

On May fourth, Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account, leaving behind two messages and over 1.15 million followers.

Whedon’s final two tweets read as follows: “Now I may me down to sleep I pray the lord my soul to keep If I should die before I wake ‘kay’” and “Thank you to all the people who’ve been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here”.

The most popular reason held for why Whedon left Twitter, has to do with a controversy that has arisen over his use of the character, Black Widow in Age of Ultron. The controversy stems from a belief, that Whedon reduced that character to a damsel in distress role, in the final few scenes of the film.

This controversy must have come as a shock for Whedon as he is famous for creating multiple strong female characters in his other works, such as Firefly, Buffy and Dollhouse.

Personally, I did not see a severe problem with the capture of Black Widow. Yes, it occurs within the film, but it only goes on for a short period of time, she is at least partially responsible for her own rescue and she partakes in the final fight at the end.

With all of this in mind, it is worth noting that Whedon did not directly address this backlash before leaving, so we cannot be certain if this was the only reason for him deleting his account. Whatever the reason, I hope we will see Whedon return to the public eye, when scrutiny of the media has died down somewhat.

Source: Digital Spy

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