WARNING: LIGHT AVENGERS SPOILERS!
I have spent the last day in this unbelievably foul
mood. I have done all the things that
usually make me happy. I’ve gone for a
walk in the rain, I’ve donated to a favored charity, buried myself in my work,
watched a favorite show, and I am still, just, furious.
Being a passionate person makes me capable of great
things. It drives me, and helps me kick
some real ass when I need to. It also
means that things affect me in a big way, and that I am fiercely defensive of
the things and the people I love. That
includes people I love that I don’t even necessarily know.
There’s this man.
He writes great things, tells great stories, and fights great
fights. His name is Joss, you might have
heard of him. As I mentioned above, I
don’t know him. I’ve never met him, we’ve
never spoken in person, haven’t even been in the same room. Even without all of that, I can say with
confidence that I care about him a great deal.
His stories have been with me much of my life, and he showed me, along
with many others what a strong female character was supposed to be.
Before I continue, I do want to say that the source of
all of this distress is not Mr. Whedon.
Not on his own. I am quite irritated
about what happened, but it’s more what caused said event that has me furious.
For those who might not be aware, Joss Whedon deleted his
twitter account sometime in the past 48 hours.
From what I have seen up to this point, all the reasons as to why are
speculation at best. The most popular
theory (again, speculation) is that it had something to do with being attacked
over Age of Ultron, specifically the portrayal of Black Widow.
Whether or not that is true is unclear. As I mentioned, everything as to why he left
at this point is speculation. However,
true or not, there are three very, VERY key things that need to be addressed.
Celebrities, writers, producers, so on and so
forth are not required to be on Twitter.
Many of them do so to interact with their fans. Some do it to run promotions, some others
have PR folks running their accounts.
Fact of the matter is, they are not REQUIRED to be there and they are
sure as hell not there to be the target of your hate. The ability to access them is a privilege to
the fans, one that a select few abuse so flagrantly that it’s harassment.
Twitter’s harassment policies. Or rather, complete lack thereof. After Joss deleted his account, people like
Jewel Staite and Felicia Day immediately came to his defense, Jewel being her
usual awesome, spunky self, and Felicia her super kind self. Felicia almost immediately deleted her tweet
because she received replies calling her an awful word that rhymes with ‘runt’. She stated that she
was too tired to even deal with it right now.
Fact of the matter is, she shouldn’t really have to. Even worse than that, this is actually almost
mild behavior on twitter. People receive
death threats. Death. Threats. Twitter knows, it’s been brought to their
attention, and yet nothing is done.
Honestly nothing should have to be done, people should just know how to
be decent goddamn human beings, but evidently that’s not a thing.
Note the quotations around there, because there is a difference and I am
about to drop some damn knowledge here, because this, this is where I am
furious. This is what is leaving the
bitter taste in my mouth, and this is the rage that I just can’t shake. There are gonna be some bullet points in this
section because I have a lot to cover.
Widow. For those women who are attacking
Joss Whedon over the portrayal of Black Widow, I invite you to pick up a comic
book, STAT. The Black Widow in these
movies is so VERY toned down from the person she is in the comic books, and not
in the ‘she’s less of a badass way’ in the ‘she sleeps with a lot less people
and isn’t betraying her team’ kind of way.
Sure, these aren’t all stories, and that’s all well and fine, but my
point is she’s toned down in these films from how she is in the books.
If you’re in the camp of folks
who are mad that they’ve supposedly made her show interest in almost every
member of the team, please kindly sit down so I can tell you how wrong you are,
because she didn’t. The relationship
with Clint portrayed in the first Avengers is a close friendship (as made
evident by the family he has been with for a VERY long time), and the
relationship with Steve in Winter Soldier is the same, sans family. Sure, do shippers want that to be
different? Yeah, I’m sure they do, but
that doesn’t make it the case. Chicks
have dude friends. Particularly strong, independent
women who are a member of an almost all male team. The first love interest Natasha Romanoff has
had in the MCU is Bruce Banner. Cool
your damn jets.
If you’re huffy that she and Bruce talked about running away together - please note her line of ‘I had this dream that I could actually be an Avenger’. Despite her confidence, Black Widow doesn’t have a whole lot of love for herself all the time. She has a dark, dark past and murdered a LOT of people and this was all just dredged up. The whole team got hit hard by Wanda’s visions, her and Bruce got the most of it. When it came down to it though, when it was time to run, she didn’t, because she is an agent and she had a job to do.
If you’re on team ‘You showed
Black Widow getting captured by the bad guy ultimately making her the damsel
and distress and you’re against feminism how dare you, you made her weak’, you
make me want to tear out literally every hair on my head. Did
you miss the first Avengers where Clint got taken out almost immediately and
then turned in to a man puppet for nearly the whole film? Did you complain about that? No?
Here’s the thing, darlins:
Feminism doesn’t mean superior, it means equal. These are the Avengers. They’re gonna get captured, they’re gonna get
banged up, and that doesn’t change because one of them has a vagina. Nat didn’t sit in the cell and cry, or tug
on her hair, or do nothing. She grabbed
radio bits, found a channel, and used morse fricken code to get her partner to
the location of the bad guy. She did her
job as a badass, superspy assassin.
‘feminists’ attacking Joss over Twitter.
The reason he left may be speculation, but I’ve seen this continue on in
to today, and it ain’t pretty. You know
what it looks like? It looks like
GamerGate. It looks like those idiots
calling out women in gaming and women in the geek community and telling them to
they’re gonna kill them, or rape them, or that they hope those things happen to
Today I actually read the words
“If Joss Whedon is actually a feminist he should know that being attacked like
this is an important part of improving your feminism” and “Good, now he see’s
what we go through.”
I want to go on a tangent-ed
rant that is just filled with a lot of ‘what’s!?’ right now, but this has
already gone on quite long so I am doing my best to keep it together. Let me summarize with: How dare you, you
miserable cows. You think treating
someone who has fought for and defended feminism his entire career makes you
good? You think that makes you a
feminist? You think that somehow puts
you in the RIGHT?!
Can I please just remind you
that this is the man who spoke out against GamerGate in the defense of the
women being targeted? The same man who
was asked ‘Why do you write strong female characters’ and responded ‘because
you’re still asking me that question’.
Things ran a little long here. Sorry for those who were bored, and thanks to
those who stuck with me till the end.
Whether what I’ve ranted about above is the reason for Joss deleting his
account or not, I felt it needed to be said.
I do, in fact, feel a lot better now that I’ve said it.
Just be decent, to one another, internets. I don’t care what your genitals look like,
just stop. This shouldn’t even be a
thing. Feminism means equality, not
superiority, and when you’re in a battle for your rights, you should keep those
on your side close, not string them up for the world to see.