Joss Whedon reveals why he left Twitter: ‘The real issue is me’

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There was big buzz on Monday morning after Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon abruptly deleted his Twitter account. With little to no explanation, many were left wondering why the director had left. A majority of fans and reporters assumed that the director left due to the massive amounts of backlash he received for Black Widow’s portrayal in the new Avengers film. In fact, you can see an entire list of hateful comments Joss has received since the film’s release.

Whedon recently spoke with Buzzfeed to set the record straight for why he so suddenly left Twitter, and oddly enough it has nothing to do with the backlash for Black Widow:

“That is horseshit. Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter. That’s something I’m used to. Every breed of feminism is attacking every other breed, and every subsection of liberalism is always busy attacking another subsection of liberalism, because god forbid they should all band together and actually fight for the cause.

I saw a lot of people say, ‘Well, the social justice warriors destroyed one of their own!’ It’s like, Nope. That didn’t happen. I saw someone tweet it’s because Feminist Frequency pissed on Avengers 2, which for all I know they may have. But literally the second person to write me to ask if I was OK when I dropped out was [Feminist Frequency founder] Anita [Sarkeesian].”

The reason Joss left was because he said he was about to begin on writing a new project and wanted no distractions from social media.

“I just thought, Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place. And this is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life… It’s like taking the bar exam at Coachella. It’s like, Um, I really need to concentrate on this! Guys! Can you all just… I have to… It’s super important for my law! The real issue is me. Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it’s there, I gotta check it.

I so appreciate when people took the time to say something nice, but for my own self, it’s like, at some point, you’re just like a little compliment leech. That’s not going to help your writing any more than people slamming on you.

I just had a little moment of clarity where I’m like, You know what? If I want to get stuff done, I need to not constantly hit this thing for a news item or a joke or some praise, and then be suddenly sad when there’s hate and then hate and then hate.”

Whedon doesn’t rule out eventually returning to Twitter, but it won’t be any time in the near future.

Source: Buzzfeed

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