Hollywood director Joss Whedon has completely removed his Twitter account, after intense criticism of his latest movie, the Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was apparently the result of criticism over its portrayal of female characters such as the deadly assassin Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johannsson), which had been called sexist.
Whedon quits Twitter after intense criticism
Comic fans has also been unkind to the Marvel Avengers superhero film’s plot on the social network. Before deleting his account, Whedon sent out a message: “Thank you to all the people who’ve been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here”.
Later, anyone searching for an account under the name @josswhedon received a page not found error. One critic has also created a widely shared montage that showed many of the messages sent to the 50 year old director (best known for writing Buffer the Vampire Slayer).
Many of the Twitter users had called him sexist, and misogynistic, and said he’d done a hatchet job on Black Widow – a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff.
Another wondered why “strong female character” was not in his vocabulary. But now, apparently many Whedon fans have turned on the critics. Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt accused the Twitter mob of having chased Joss Whedon off Twitter.
You’d think these Hollywood types would develop a thicker skin, if they can’t take a little criticism!
Whedon has been a very high profile Twitter user in the past and said it was “enormous work – very fun”. He obviously doesn’t have to put up with the constant stream of annoying notifications, though his assistant probably does.
In April he issued an apology after he tweeted a clip from the new Jurassic World film saying it was “70s era sexist”, and in the apology admitted that his criticism had been bad form.
In the past, Whedon used his Twitter account to support various activists, such as Anita Sarkeesian, who is well known by some for highlighting the misogyny and sexism in video games.