Joss Whedon's Trasgender Incident of 2014 - Final Thoughts
So, it’s been over 48 hours since Joss Whedon, hero to many geeks, made his now ‘infamous’ post about strong female characters not having a ‘peeny/balls’. Which you can read about in our original post here:
And it’s not that… anyone really, went on the attack immediately. At first me and my fellows, and the podcast all tweeted back asking for clarification, or an apology, or whatever, so did a thousand others. Got no response. Even got people tweeting to us, saying to wait, and we did, but still nothing. A day later Joss Whedon tweets some cryptic response about George and having to “finish the hate”. We here, and countless others were confused, and yet, we were still waiting and hoping for an apology or clarification of some kind. Still nothing. We watched as twitter, and tumblr went on and on in conversations and reblogs about the sitch. Which yesterday, some bloggers decided to call ‘Whedongate’. While I would have held onto Whedongate for something else, I suppose it works. But still, some of us waited, and hoped. Perhaps his PR guys were prepping something for him. I mean, this situation alone proves he’s got a lot of transgender fans and trans supporters among those who ‘liked’ him. But no. Today, just a little bit ago, he goes ahead and retweets Dan Savage… yep Dan ‘the ally who never liked trans peeps all that much’ Savage. On an article about how people get upset when you devalue them, blah blah, feminism, blah blah twitter, blah blah. You can go read it, it’s here:
So yeah… fun. We, of course, don’t know if Joss purposely chose the most transphobic Gay Inc guy he could find for this, or if he just thought that the lgbt liked Savage, and maybe this would make sense to the masses as something of a ”not gonna apologize for people getting their feelings hurt, because that’s what happens to overly sensitive people” response. That’s what it feels like. He’s not saying he’s sorry, or clarifying, or anything. He’s wanting us to get over it. The hashtag ‘irony’ seems appropriate when retweeting Dan Savage on anything to do with… well, anything. Especially as some mask of bullshit over a trans* issue. And it’s not like Joss has tweeted anything else… at all really, except some random “unfollow me if you think I’d seriously use the word ‘peeny’ ” post. Not since ‘Whedongate’ started.
Some have made videos about it:
Some have made music about it:
Some have written about it:
Bilerco (who decided to copy the image from our original post)
And io9 saying ’ Really Joss Whedon? Really?
Well, I’m done. Personally. Our co-podcaster Mona here at TT posted that her heart had broken into a million pieces at hearing this news. Both Tibby and Amber agree. As do thousands of fans that just wanted clarification that it was a joke, or to know if he really meant it, or to hear the words ‘I’m sorry.’ None of which, it seems, are coming. But that hasn’t stopped the twitter. Even Autumn Sandeen, transgender activist, and one of the first openly transgender military peeps ever to make herself known has tweeted him. Gail Simone, current writer of Batgirl and all around awesome geek chick said ‘oh Joss, Dang it. NO’. To which we have to agree. And thousands of others. Though, not everyone see’s it as offensive. Some, obviously, are defending him too. But the tweets to Joss Whedon over his trans comments continue.
But… what can you do? Nothing. Joss made his stance known at this point. Perhaps days from now, or something, he’ll say he’s sorry… or clarify… or something. Maybe. But, there doesn’t seem to be any hope of that at this point.