Back in April (on April 10, to be exact), Avengers: Age of Ultron director and Geek God Joss Whedon tweeted (the Twitter account has since been deleted): "I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t 70’s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force – really? Still?" The comment was made in response to a Jurassic World clip released by Universal that featured a scene between Chris Pratt’s Velociraptor-whisperer, Owen, and Bryce Dallas Howard’s park operations manager, Claire.
As all of you are without-a-doubt aware, the comment made some huge waves online and created a s**t-storm boatload of controversy, a controversy that quickly led to Whedon apologizing for his remark. Four days following his tweet, the Buffy, Angel and Firefly creator told Variety the whole thing had been "bad form" on his part:
"I shouldn’t have tweeted it. I don’t ever say things about other people’s work that are negative. That’s bad form. It’s not what a gentleman would do. I forgot that I don’t do that because I was frustrated. I felt like I was seeing something that was problematic. What I said is pretty clear, but I think it was the wrong venue for me to be saying that. That’s dinner party conversation."
But what did Colin Trevorrow — who helmed and co-wrote the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel — actually think of Whedon’s comment? Italian website Bad Taste recently asked the Jurassic World director about his feelings concerning the Age of Ultron director's tweet (the original Italian text was translated by Andrea Bedeschi for the good folks over at Comingsoon.net). Here’s what he said:
"I wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him. I wonder why [Universal] chose a clip like that, that shows an isolated situation within a movie that has an internal logic. That starts with characters that are almost archetypes, stereotypes that are deconstructed as the story progresses. The real protagonist of the movie is Claire, and we embrace her femininity in the story’s progression. There’s no need for a female character that does things like a male character, that’s not what makes interesting female characters in my view. Bryce and I have talked a lot about these concepts and aspects of her character."
Only two days ago, the leading lady herself, Bryce Dallas Howard, spoke with Huffington Post, where she shared feelings similar to Trevorrow's about Joss Whedon:
"He’s a hero, he’s an amazing guy and a champion for women in this industry. Marketing for a film is tricky because you release stuff without context. Of course there was a part of me being such a fan of him that was like, 'Nooooo!' Especially because when you see the movie it’s not at all like that, but we make movies and it’s out there for public opinion and I hope he likes the movie!"
Not only did Colin Trevorrow empathize with Whedon over his critique of that Jurassic World clip, but he also defended Whedon over the flack he got for what a lot of people saw as a sexist depiction of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Trevorrow said:
"I was upset about people’s reaction to his film. Joss received an incredible amount of anger and vitriolic comments and he doesn’t deserve that, because if there is someone who has always paid due respect to the women of his movies that guy is Joss. I think he should be the last person in Hollywood to be accused of sexism and if you’ve seen something like that in his last movie it’s not his fault. We all know that Joss is too kind and polite to rise up and tell people to screw off, so I’ll do it on his behalf!"
What do you guys think? Jurassic World will open in theaters on June 12.
(via Coming Soon)