After watching Avengers: Age of Ultron and finally finishing up season two of Agents of Shield, I’ve been thinking a lot about the problematic man that is Joss Whedon. There is a small, tiny, really minuscule part of me that really does want to love him and his work but there is just so many problematic things that have come from him. So I thought I’d share some of the things that Joss Whedon has done to earn the position of problematic celebrity.
Rather than ramble on and on myself about the man, I’m just going to link to other things that have been critiquing him and his brand of feminism.
- There’s an entire tumblr called ‘Joss Whedon is not a feminist’
- Here’s a long list of shitty things he has done with more links, including:
- Being ableist
- Being transphobic
- Whitewashed on more than one occasion in more than one major project
- There is a tumblr dedicated to collecting receipts on celebrities and has an entire tag devoted to Joss
- Another list of things he has done with even more links (some in this list have already been covered but wanted to include it anyway)
- What Joss Whedon gets wrong about the word ‘feminist’
- Reconsidering the Feminism of Joss Whedon – Natasha Simons, The Mary Sue
I honestly don’t expect people, celebrities in particular, to be perfect and flawless humans. Making mistakes and messing up is part of humanity and honestly, I don’t think that part of us is ever not going to be a thing. But one of the most awful things you can do regarding mistakes (in my opinion) is to not grow and learn from them. Repeatedly doing the same mistakes and shitty behavior over and over again starts to not be mistakes but reinforced behavior. After a certain point, it won’t be a mistake but instead will be a significant part of the person you are. Or at least, that’s my own opinion.
Learning from your mistakes (and the mistakes of others) and changing your behavior from what you’ve learned should be a key part of feminism – especially for white people. I think it’s important to be vocal about the ways in which people have fucked up and hold others (and yourself) accountable. Liking a problematic person doesn’t make you a bad person but justifying their terrible behavior does. Saccharinescorpine on tumblr wrote a really great post about liking problematic people and states that:
you’re allowed to like something while being loud, vocal, and angry about how much you hate the bad parts. be mean, be unpleasant, but never just be the person who gives a pass to all the bullshit that assholes can get away with in this world just because you don’t want to feel bad for liking a tv show or celebrity