Yesterday, we discussed a few reasons why Joss Whedon may have quit Twitter, for the second time. We explored some possibilities, one of which had to do with the fact that Twitter is distracting, and Whedon said as much in the past. It turns out, that’s exactly why he left.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, he said that the claims he quit because of backlash from militant feminists are “horseshit.”
He has been getting — what appears to be — a lot of backlash about Black Widow’s portrayal in Age of Ultron. Whedon flat out said that he’s not bothered by it and that it’s nothing new.
“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].”
Why Did Whedon Really Leave?
It turns out that Whedon just wanted a little peace and quiet, and fewer distractions in his life. He’ll be returning to his creative writing process shortly, so he’ll need as much as he can get.
“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!”
I can attest to that, because seriously any time I sit down in front of Facebook or Twitter — even if it’s just for a moment to see an interaction or reply — I feel like I lose time fast. That’s time I could spend being more productive, instead.
If you’d like to read the rest of what Whedon said in the interview head on over to BuzzFeed.