After Joss Whedon was flamed by some fans for his portrayal of Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron, many speculated that was the reason he shut down his Twitter account a few days after the film's release. Turns out there's a much simpler reason.
After Whedon's abrupt Twitter exit launched a thousand think pieces this week, the acclaimed director chatted with BuzzFeed about the real reason he decided to take a break from social media: It's just too distracting, and he wants to find a "quiet place" so he can write again. As Whedon so eloquently put it, trying to write while using Twitter is like "taking the bar exam at Coachella." It just wasn't working.
In regard to all the rumors about being attacked over Black Widow's arc? Whedon said his skin is thick enough to deal with a few haters, and he wasn't surprised to have the storyline judged against his larger leanings as a feminist writer.
Here's an excerpt from his comments:
"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. 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]...
I've said before, when you declare yourself politically, you destroy yourself artistically. Because suddenly that's the litmus test for everything you do — for example, in my case, feminism. If you don't live up to the litmus test of feminism in this one instance, then you're a misogynist. It circles directly back upon you."
Whedon goes on for a while talking about the issues at play with these frequent Internet attacks, and on the heels of James Gunn's excellent post on the matter, it's a compelling read. Luckily for fans, Whedon didn't rule out an eventual return to Twitter -- he just needs a little post-Marvel time to unwind.