Joss Whedon removes Twitter account because people suck

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Before Joss Whedon left the Twitter world, he left two messages. One was after the release of his final Marvel movie to the world, and the other was his actual goodbye to his followers and fans.

After the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron:

“Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
‘kay.”

His final Twitter goodbye:

Thank you to all the people who’ve been so kind and funny and inspiring up here.

The question is why? Why did he leave? Whedon has been a very influential director/writer ever since he worked on several popular titles such as Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelFirefly, Serenity, Cabin in the Woods, and the original Avengers. With a list of popular shows and movies along with a fanbase that could drown a Bieber concert, why would Joss suddenly just up and quit? Well for one thing, he was never really a fan of the idea of joining the social media site at first because of the work behind it. In a past interview with Entertainment Weekly, he had this to say:

The moment I joined, oh my God, what a responsibility, this is enormous work—very fun, but it really started to take up a huge amount of my head space, It’s a fascinating medium. It’s a fascinating social phenomenon.

The great thing about social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Google+ is that you can display your accomplishments and your thoughts to your friends, or to the world. However at the same time, you’re also putting a giant bullseye on your chest by doing this. When you’re a public figure like Whedon, that bullseye grows exponentially larger and larger in relation with your popularity. This is both a good and bad thing because you will get positive criticism for your acts, however at the same time you’ll get negative criticism, harassment, and threats from mouth breathers and what I can only describe as “non-humans”.

The negative side of Twitter is what I personally think made Joss quit. You won’t believe the amount of negative traffic he received just from his portrayal of Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I understand constructive criticism, but some of the tweets directed towards him were just plain absurd and terrible; some just have no context whatsoever. Here’s a couple example tweets that were directed to Joss from these social media scumbags. (There is a compilation of negative tweets to Whedon located here)

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Really? Does Whedon deserve this? Especially when he’s been nothing but focused on trying to keep these movie characters as balanced as possible, and give them a proper amount of screen time for the sake of the storyline? Looking at the people posting these tweets seriously makes me scratch my head at how absolutely stupid they sound. Do you seriously think that Whedon is out to ruin your day because of a fictional character? Do you seriously think that in your puny little minds that Whedon sat down and said to himself, “Hmm, I think I know how to destroy this storyline and this female character so that everyone hates me! Oh yes, it will be a glorious day! I will have people throw rotten vegetables at me and pour urine and waste on my head as I walk by their open windows. Hmm yes! It will be brilliant!”

People are sometimes so passionate in their personal beliefs mixing with how a character is supposed to be portrayed or how a storyline is supposed to go that they literally blind themselves to other possible paths for character development, or for the storyline overall. I’m not going to post any spoilers for the Avengers sequel, but I am at that point where I want to go on a tirade to tell people to stop being douches online; of course that would be futile.

One Tweeter said:

JW5I’m not going to say who the idiots are that he’s talking about, but I completely agree with this person. Whedon has worked hard over the years and has even developed one of the most influential females known to date, and that’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She showed growth through emotion, and kicked ass at the same time. But no, apparently these long-haired Cro-Magnons think Joss is the biggest misogynist on the planet. [rolls eyes] I think these group of “people” along with the neckbeards and talking muppets need to turn off their computers, go outside and take up another hobby. I hear crash-test dummies for drone strikes is a new fad, I suggest they apply for that.

Online respect and proper criticism for someone’s hard work, even if it is flawed, seems to be heading to extinction. Most people post knee-jerk responses to anything that they don’t agree with on their social media outlet with the knee-jerk sheep usually following suit. Reading a lot of those negative tweets to Joss makes me feel like no one wants to do ANY critical thinking before they post their thoughts online; unless it follows the favor of the mob-mentality. The hive-mind of some of these groups of individuals just baffles me when they start attacking someone online. At least we have writer Max Landis (Chronicles) dishing out the verbal discipline on some of these people who rightfully deserve it.


In closing I’d just like to say this:

Mr. Whedon, if you ever get to read this article, just know that you still have my respect and the respect of many others out there. I’m excited to see what’s next for you because we know it will be something just as awesome. You’re dedicated and passionate to any project that you tackle and that deserves a lot of praise, especially with what you have to deal with in the aftermath. Good luck to you, sir.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly, Joss Whedon Twitter Hate Compilation

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Highly sociable and having been entrenched in Nerd\Geekdom since he was a kid, Alger has seen it all. During his spare time he loves to go out clubbing, sing karaoke, and attend parties. This Nerd is no wallflower. He'll always greet you with a warm smile and a drink in hand.

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