My opinion on Joss Whedon has fluctuated to say the least. I am partly
of the mind set that people who drag Joss Whedon for stuff he did over a
decade ago are being a bit extreme. Not that the problematic stuff he
did isn’t problematic. But I do think people who are maybe a bit too keen to hate on Whedon don’t acknowledge that
people do change. A lot of the stuff Joss has been accused of based off
his work pre-Cabin the Woods & Avengers (Buffy, Firefly, that Wonder Woman script) doesn’t seem to be present in most of his more recent work.
He is (partly) responsible for Agents of SHIELD, which has 3 kick
ass and interesting female characters, two of whom are women of color. And the only reason anyone demanded a Black Widow movie was because of the Avengers. Plus, I don’t think it’s fair to focus only on the problematic elements of anyone’s work and ignore the progressive stuff in their work.
That being said…
That doesn’t mean we should just shrug his problematic stuff under the rug just because he makes good stuff. I love Firefly, but the way he treated Inara’s bisexuality mainly as a joke, and the mere idea of what he planned to do to her in a later season makes my skin crawl. Just as one example. But most importantly, for a man who prides himself on being a feminist and for being progressive in his work, he hasn’t really acknowledged or addressed any of the criticism of his less than progressive work as far as I know.
That Wonder Woman script has been floating around the internet as a punching bag for, what, a week? And yet Joss, again, s far as I know, has yet to address it. He hasn’t apologized for it, or said that he would have fixed the blatant sexism in further drafts, or even defended the script. And he can’t not know about it at this point. And let’s not forget: Age of Ultron is his most recent project. And while some of the problematic stuff in that film was exaggerated, it was still far from perfect. The Avengers may have been 90% white people and Loki might have called Nat a c*** in another language, but at least it didn’t white wash two of the most famous Jewish/Romani characters from the comics and make them volunteers for in universe super Nazis! And how did Whedon go from ‘Natasha tricks a trickster god like a boss‘ to ‘aha man fall on boobs‘?
Joss, in my opinion, is far from a bad writer. He’s probably one of the best writers working today when he’s on point. But he is definitely a problematic one. His more problematic stuff is behind him, but he’s got a long way to go. I know this may seem blasphemous, but I think we should give him a chance with Batgirl. It could be brilliant, it could be bad, but it could be worse. This is the same studio that asked Mel Gibson to direct Suicide Squad 2. Though if he screws Batgirl up, that may be his credibility gone for good. OK, no it won’t, he’s a white guy in Hollywood with a huge following who works in the superhero genre. Whatever.
Bottom line: I do think we should let bygones be bygones, but only when Whedon has proved that he deserves a second chance.
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mind, a birthday should always be an excuse to celebrate and forget
your problems, at least for a little awhile. However, it was no time
to party and cheer over superfluous things. Once you found out the
truth about how very much real supernatural creatures were, nothing
in your life remained the same. Hell, sometimes you were even afraid
to leave your house. Of course, after you became close friends with a
bunch of vampires, witches and werewolves, you felt a lot safer.
Especially because your loving and caring boyfriend was no one less
than Kol Mikaelson, who was part of the oldest vampire family
recorded so far.
a goofy smile slip and reached for your phone, wanting to read his
last text to you. In the nine months you had been dating, he did not
spent one day without calling, texting or doing anything he could to
assure you how much he loved you and could not live if you were not
alongside him. Of course, since you were turning eighteen, he wanted
to make you a surprise. And, even though you hated it, if it would
make Kol feel good about himself, then the whole thing was bearable.
aren’t you in the very pretty dress I sent you?” A voice asked,
coming from behind you. “We should be leaving right now.”
else could it be?”
younger Mikaelson shook his head, crossing arms and leant against the
wall next to the window of your bedroom. You bit your lower lip,
realising that was the sexiest thing you had ever seen. Again, it was
pretty obvious the effect he had on you, which put you in a very
complicated position, because all you wanted to do was rip his
trousers off and get him in your bed. Over and over again.
If you keep looking at me like that, we won’t be able to leave.”
says I want to? Perhaps you could give me my birthday gift here.”
You started to unbutton the pink shirt you were
wearing and flashed him a sexy smile, which made him giggle. He
approached you and grasped your waist, making a soft moan escape and
you get his body even more glued to yours. Kol’s lips brushed your
own and his hands tightened the grip on your skin.
would you mind getting dress for us to go? I promise it’ll be an
have another choice?”
it’s so sexy when you call me like that.”
laughed and slapped your ass, winking.
Damon called you?” He questioned, while you got off your skirt.
he did. Are you still jealous of him?”
Jealous? No. Definitely no.”
You walked out of the closet,
already in the fine blue dress he gave to you.
do you think?”
“I think I am very jealous of you.” Kol
said, stroking your cheek and pecking your lips. “Can we go now?”
“We can. Make it fast, though, otherwise I’ll rip this clothes
out of you.”
“Take it easy, kitten, we have all night long.”
You giggled and both of you left to his promised surprise.
In a couple of minutes you arrived
at the beach, where a majestic boat, which you strongly believed Kol
had stolen, was waiting. You
were completely stunned by the scene you were staring at. Yes, your
boyfriend used to give you incredibly expensive gifts, but that… It
was a complete new thing for you. He grabbed your hand and helped you
get on it.
“Shush, don’t say anything just yet…”
“I have to.”
You embraced him in a clumsy hug. “I love you.”
Kol took you inside, where a table, filled with what just had to be
great food, was placed. He pulled the chair in order for you to sit
and then made his way to the other side, accommodating himself in
front of you. A small sigh escaped, while you watched him give you
his best smile and serve the wine. Almost like a grown up couple.
“What are you laughing at?”
You bit your lip, shaking your
“Nah, it’s nothing.” He raised a brow. “I mean it! I’m just
enjoying the view.”
“Yeah, let’s pretend I believe that.”
The Original laughed
and snatched your hand, his thumb gently caressing the back. Soon
enough your whole body was wired and a silly smile show up on your
face, which made you look away, a tiny bit embarrassed by the
extension of the effect Kol had on you. It was rather funny how, a
few months before you met him, you thought nobody could ever win your
heart over. Being in love? It is for the weak. Then he came
along and changed everything.
“A penny for your thoughts, love.” Kol whispered and, again, you
“I’m thinking about us.”
“Oh, I hope it’s our good
“Considering you have been nothing but a perfect
gentleman to me, I don’t think I have any bad memories.”
“If you say so… I won’t disagree.” A smug appeared on his
face and you could see the mischief in his eyes. “Let’s
“Come on! I know you love it.”
Kol stood up, going straight to a small radio that was set in the
room’s corner. Shortly, a soft ballad started to play and he
offered his hand, a cocky smirk painted on his face. You giggled and
took it, feeling him pull you towards his own body. While both of you
swayed slowly, the younger Mikaelson hid his face on your neck and
nuzzled it. The first reflex you had was to stuck your fingers in his
hair and bring your forms together even more.
“Y/N, I need to tell you something.” His low voice said in your
“What is it, darling?”
You pursed your lips, not quite understanding what your boyfriend was
“About us. Running away.”
“How did he find out?”
“I have no idea.” Kol looked at
you and his eyes had lost the happy gleam. “Just know, no matter
what happens, that I’ll always love you.”
“You can’t possibly be doing this to me, Kol.”
think I want do it?” He licked his lips. “But Klaus won’t allow
me to live my life freely.”
“Then let’s run away now. Without further warning.”
chuckled, leaving your embrace and just sitting on the floor. You
sighed, feeling the warm tears roll down your cheeks, and took place
on his lap. Both of you exchanged an intense look, trying to find
answers on each other’s eyes. It was useless, though. Nobody could
go against Klaus, he would not accept it.
You grasped his shirt and pecked his lips, wanting to make that night
“I don’t think I’ll make it without you.”
“Love… Promise me you’ll be happy.”
“I’ll come back to you.”
“Kol, I’m just human. I don’t think I’ll be alive when your
brother decide to release you.”
“Become a vampire.”
eyes widened to his proposal.
“Yes! Then Elijah will take care of you while I’m gone.”
you really think it’s a good idea?”
“Only if you want to
“I want be with you, forever.”
Kol smiled and then bit his wrist, making thick blood come out of it.
You did not think about it and swooped his arm, attaching your lips
to where the red liquid was flowing and felt the metallic taste in
your mouth. It was definitely not the wrong choice for you. Even
though you were about to be brutally separated from the love of your
life, you knew you would be alive to get him back and that made every
bad choice worth it.
“I have to kill you now. Are you really sure you want to do this?”
“Like never before.”
“I love you.”
“So do I.”
He pushed your hair aside
and sunk his sharp teeth into the delicate skin of your neck. You
grasped his hair and, while you felt the life run away from your
body, you knew you had made the right choice just by staring deep
into his eyes, where you found nothing but a pure and great love.
Your true happiness.
5 things you’ll find in my bag: - money - sunglasses - spongebob plasters - hair brush - gum
5 things you’ll find in my bedroom: - my wall of shoes - shelves full of harry potter and game of thrones merch - my collection of vinyls - my bass and all its equipment - a small shopping trolley with a frog in (on my shelf)
5 things I’ve always wanted to do: - see the pyramids - visit new york at christmas with my sister - go on a spontaneous road-trip with my friends - achieve good enough grades to get me where i want to go in life - meet j.k rowling and tell her how much of a positive impact she has had on my life
5 things that make me happy: - music - family - friends - harry potter - dogs
5 things I’m currently into: - watching documentaries about murders - the middle - gardening - sleeping into the afternoon - making lists
5 things on my to do list: - buy some new stationery for college - organise one of my shelving units in my room - re-watch american horror story by september - hang out with my friends before the holiday is over - paint my nails