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Having an affair doesn't automatically make you a bad person, nor does it make you abusive. "[173] The character Phil Coulson was resurrected after his death in The Avengers to helm the show. Everybody has a perspective. Because this is also a function of the abuse – and yes, I'm going to call it that – that Whedon allegedly perpetrated against Cole. [61] Following the successful eighth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, IDW Publishing approached Whedon about similarly producing a canonical sixth season for Angel. Two arguments I saw repeatedly framed after the publication of Cole's piece went thus: "Infidelity doesn't stop someone from being a feminist. [134], As a response to the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike,[135] Whedon directed, co-wrote and produced Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. We need equality. [118] Critic Roger Ebert observed, "Like Brave New World and 1984, the movie plays like a critique of contemporary society, with the Alliance as Big Brother, enemy of discontent". But the following reflection in particular is what makes this instance of the personal being political a non-negotiable issue, as far as I'm concerned: "Despite understanding, on some level, that what he was doing was wrong, he never conceded the hypocrisy of being out in the world preaching feminist ideals, while at the same time, taking away my right to make choices for my life and my body based on the truth. In June 2012, Slate magazine identified it as the most written about popular culture text of all time. I always start off wanting to be solitary, because a) it's simpler, and b) that isolation is something that I relate to as a storyteller. Everybody in your scene, including the thug flanking your bad guy, has a reason. [191] He filmed it in black-and-white on digital video over a period of 12 days at his residence in Santa Monica, California. We're taught to be providers and companions and at the same time, to conquer and acquire – specifically sexually – and I was pulling off both!". "[319][322] Whedon stated that he had been referring to Donald Trump. is an Underappreciated Masterpiece", "In Defence Of... Alien: Resurrection, the franchise's ugly duckling", "The Best of Joss Whedon's AMA: The Avengers, Doctor Horrible 2, and… Titan A.E.? Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in Justice League, has voiced his support for Kai Cole and Charisma Carpenter, two women who have previously spoken out about Joss Whedon. [137] To Whedon the miniseries was "a project of love", an accomplishment that from their excitement would be embellished with passion and "ridiculousness". That's a very important and necessary thing to learn. Davidson, Joy, and Wilson, Leah, eds. The script was about Daniel Hoffstetter, a government scientist, who awakes after dying to discover his mind has been imprinted on a mind-wiped body. It's about the ways Whedon cultivated a certain feminist mythology about himself and then used that mythology to justify repeatedly cheating on his wife. David Greenwalt and Whedon collaborated on the pilot which was going to be developed for The WB Network. [159] He reiterated a sentiment that the introduction of torture porn into this genre was becoming an exercise in nihilism and misogyny as a means to promote distress and instead of trying to scare its audience. Kinda now. They have their own voice, their own identity, their own history. The idea came directly from his aversion to seeing the Hollywood formula of "the little blonde girl who goes into a dark alley and gets killed in every horror movie". [262] In terms of visual aesthetics, he prefers to incorporate as many practical effects as possible when using computer-generated imagery, so people "really don't know where one begins and the other ends. He publicly cited his wife and marriage as among the key influencers of his own feminist growth, and used that to parlay the kind of fandom that specifically associated feminism with his brand. [40] Since the end of the series, Whedon has stated that his initial intention was to produce a "cult" television series and acknowledged a corresponding "rabid, almost insane fan base" that subsequently emerged. [139] Whedon said it was a "glorious surprise" to him to discover how well they worked together. Whedon has been vocal about his identification as a feminist, but according to his now-ex-wife, Kai Cole, it’s an act. [180] He said of the film's characters, "Strong but damaged by power describes every person in this movie. That we don't emerge assuming that everybody in the human race is a human. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, "Joss Whedon Interview: The Web Has Been Wonderful For 'Horrible, "Joss Whedon Talks 'Dr. One of the most telling quotes from the article isn’t from Cole herself, but from something Whedon wrote in a letter to his ex-wife: [259], Whedon has kept ambivalent on whether to shoot on film or digital video, saying that he has "no allegiance to film as film. [278] In his 2006 Equality Now address, Whedon said that journalists frequently ask him why he writes such strong female characters. [46] Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine was published from August 2011 to September 2013,[47][48] for which Whedon wrote "Freefall, Part I–II" (with Andrew Chambliss). [15][16] As a script doctor, Whedon was an uncredited writer on films including The Getaway, Speed, Waterworld, and Twister. [94] Having already been a committed reader, he had a letter published in the first volume, which was included in the Volume 1 hardcover edition. The A.V. [5] His parents both acted, and appeared in a play together at the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club. [168], In August 2012, Whedon signed a deal to develop the Marvel TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [131] Denoting this period, Whedon has said, "I had free time, but I'm pretty sure I mean my career was on the skids". As Buffy Summers (Whedon's most famous character) might say, what's the big? Of course. In her piece, Cole revealed not only that the pair have been quietly separated for the past five years, but also that the majority of their marriage before that was characterised by infidelity, lies and gaslighting. Unsurprisingly, the news has generated a lot of discussion, much of it focused on the question of what constitutes a betrayal of feminist values. [192][193] The film was scripted, produced, directed, edited and composed by Whedon, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. "Joss Whedon: 'I want to make things that are small, pure and odd. [145], In 2009, Whedon created his fourth television series Dollhouse, and explored themes throughout the show that were initially present in an unproduced spec script of his called Afterlife. [268] When asked about his five favorite films, Whedon listed The Matrix, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Bad and the Beautiful, Magnolia and The Court Jester. 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[30][31][32], The series received numerous awards and nominations, including an Emmy Award nomination for writing for the 1999 episode "Hush". Equality is like gravity, we need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. [265], Whedon has cited Ray Bradbury,[266] James Cameron,[267] Rod Serling,[268] William Shakespeare,[269] Stephen Sondheim,[270] Steven Spielberg,[271] Charles Dickens, Stan Lee, Robert Klein, Jerome Robbins, Frank Borzage, Steve Gerber, Steven Bochco, Frances Hodgson Burnett and John Williams as influences. I think there are a few possible answers to that question, the most obvious of which is that the Feminist Police are not going to start arresting people for watching Joss Whedon movies or old reruns of Firefly. [81] Serenity developed into a franchise that led to graphic novels, books and other media. [26] Whedon said he wanted to subvert the idea and create someone who was a hero. [157] Whedon described it as an attempt to revitalize horror, calling it a "loving hate letter" to the genre, continuing: On another level it's a serious critique of what we love and what we don't about horror movies. [287] However, critics noted an almost stereotypical lack of feminist ideals in his writing decisions and portrayal of Black Widow, one of two female protagonists in Marvel's 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron, played by Scarlett Johansson. Set between Firefly and the film, it was intended to connect the two storylines. [122][123], The limited three-issue comic book series called Serenity: Those Left Behind, the story of which was written by Whedon,[124] was released in 2005 as a tie-in to Serenity. This was a man who built a career and a loyal fan base on his promise that he "got it". This arose during the time that followed the completion of Much Ado About Nothing, which was made in the span of a two-week vacation from The Avengers,[307] and after making the pilot for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 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Kai Cole is a producer and actress, known for In Your Eyes (2014), Much Ado About Nothing (2012) and Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017). [133] Whedon later executive produced another free comic book on the Internet, Serenity: The Other Half. [10] Whedon graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2013. [200] He conceived the idea in the early 1990s, and had written drafts of the screenplay since then. Whedon: Absolutely not. [225], Whedon was hired to write and direct a Warner Bros. adaptation of Wonder Woman. [87][88] He finished a 24 issue run in 2008 and then handed over the reins as a writer to Warren Ellis. [132], In collaboration with Fábio Moon, Whedon created the free webcomic titled Sugarshock!, as part of the revival of Dark Horse Presents, which was launched on Myspace. According to Variety magazine, it was a fantasy thriller under development by Universal Pictures, and was to be produced by Mary Parent and Scott Stuber. Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole wrote an open letter for The Wrap in 2017 detailing why Whedon is a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals”. [226] Conversely, he stated, "the fact of the matter is, it was a waste of my time. Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole published a searing takedown of the famed director in 2017. [7] Whedon is the younger sibling of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and the older sibling of writers Jed and Zack Whedon. [249][250] Many of Whedon's altered phrases and heavily popularized words have entered a common usage called "Slayer Slang", which PBS included an entire section of in their article series Do You Speak American?. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who's confronted with it. Kai Cole Said Whedon Is Fake Feminist. [95] He also wrote short pieces for Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1,[96][97] and he was the subject of an issue of the comic book, Marvel Spotlight (alongside artist Michael Lark). [19] While he was script consulting, he also wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer—the film that would precede the series—Alien Resurrection and an early draft for Atlantis: The Lost Empire[20] and co-wrote Toy Story and Titan A.E., the former of which earned him a shared Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. [179] On the matter of approaching a sequel, Whedon reasoned not to go "bigger" but "deeper," and likened it to digging with a scalpel to cause pain. [311] He has spoken about existentialism, explaining in detail how it, and more specifically Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea, was used as a basis for the Firefly episode "Objects in Space". [241], Articulating his approach to screenwriting, Whedon has noted outlining and act structure as the hardest parts of storytelling, but emphasizes that he feels they are "completely essential". The character Kitty Pryde from the X-Men comics was an early model for Whedon's strong teenage girl characters. [59] Whedon said of the cancellation, "I believe the reason Angel had trouble on The WB was that it was the only show on the network that wasn't trying to be Buffy. [99] In March 2016, Whedon contributed a story for the 75th anniversary issue of Captain America: Sam Wilson with Astonishing X-Men collaborator John Cassaday. [276] He said, "If there's a bigger influence on Buffy than Kitty, I don't know what it was. [140], After having attended meetings with companies discussing the prospect of producing something for the Internet and faced with negative feedback on his ideas, he realized that as long as the strike was still in progress, acquiring corporate funding was an unlikely prospect. In his speech he provided several answers, concluding with, "Because you're still asking me that question. On Justice League, Fisher worked with Whedon after the film's original director, Zack Snyder, exited the project early. [151], Despite low ratings in its first season, the series was renewed for a second and final season. Cole accused Whedon of cheating … [114][115] In 2006, it won a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. [80] Following Firefly was Serenity, a follow-up film taking place after the events of the final episode. He sold Suspension for $750,000, with an additional $250,000 if production had commenced. [236], — Whedon on giving each character a distinct voice. [177], Whedon returned to write and direct the sequel to The Avengers,[169][178] following the deal with Marvel Studios, which expired in June 2015. Born in New York City as Joseph1 Hill Whedon,[2][3] and also being a third-generation TV writer,[4] he is a son of Tom Whedon, a screenwriter for Alice in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s, and a grandson of John Whedon, who worked on The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s and The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, as well as writing for radio shows like The Great Gildersleeve. But this isn't about the simple matter of whether or not a man cheated on his wife. Kai Cole Said Whedon Is Fake Feminist. He did it within a powerful industry known for granting very little of that power to the women who service it, particularly in contrast with the mostly male directors and producers on whom they rely for work. The reason for the renewal given by Fox's president of entertainment was to avoid any backlash that would have resulted from its cancelation. "We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that's never gonna work. Clementine Ford: Why Joss Whedon's treatment of ex-wife Kai Cole matters By Clementine Ford Updated August 22, 2017 — 1.54pm first published August 21, 2017 — 10.49pm [75], Fox chose to play the episodes of the series out of order, running The Train Job first, and not airing the pilot until a dozen episodes later, resulting in some confusion from viewers. [60] An official continuation of the story came later in the form of a comic book series. Of course, one affair turned into another and then another. [27] This conception came from "the very first mission statement of the show, which was the joy of female power: having it, using it, sharing it". [147][148] As stated by Whedon, Dollhouse was about "the sides of us that we don't want people to see", sexuality[149] and, on some level, a celebration of perversion,[150] which he equates to obsession, "the thing that makes people passionate and interesting and worthy". The fact is, this wasn't just any old "someone". But to really understand the gravity of these revelations, you have to appreciate how entwined the concept of Public Feminist is with Whedon's success. [25], In 1997, Whedon created his first television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.2 The series depicts Buffy Summers, the latest in a line of young women called to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. [204][205], In May 2017, Whedon took over post-production duties for Justice League, including writing and directing additional photography for the film. [12] There, he also studied under renowned academic Richard Slotkin. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions, he co-founded Bellwether Pictures, and is best known as the creator of several television series. Nonetheless, he felt he "pulled off" the endeavor of making a summer movie reminiscent of those from his childhood.[167]. That's the choice that really tests men like him. OK sure, another case of a marriage breakdown. [158], Whedon thought part of what distinguished it from other horror films was that people were not disposable — "As a culture, for our own entertainment, we tend to assume that they are (expendable)".

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