Tuesday 20 March 2018

Joss Whedon reveals real reason for Twitter exit - and it has nothing to do with feminists

Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon has revealed the real reason he quit Twitter - and it has nothing to do with feminists.

Whedon deactivated his account on Monday prompting speculation as to why.

Speaking to Buzzfeed News last night, he said, “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."

Whedon had 1m followers and his new film had just been declared as having the second highest grossing opening weekend in US history (Avengers remains the highest).

He had also been receiving criticism on Twitter over the portrayal of teh sole female character in the film, Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson), as a 'damsel in distress'.

Critics labelled him a hypocrite' since he called out Jurassic World for being "70s era sexist" in its trailer, a comment for which he later apologised.

However, he told Buzzfeed that speculation he left over attacks from feminists is "horseshit".

“Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter. That’s something I’m used to," he said.

He added that, in fact, Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian was one of the first people to ask if he was okay once he quit the social network despite the fact the organisation reportedly had some issues with Avengers.

Avengers stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner criticised for calling Black Widow a 'whore'  

The real reason he quit, he said, was to have more time to do other things, include write.

“The real issue is me,” he said. “Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it’s there, I gotta check it. When you keep doing something after it stops giving you pleasure, that’s kind of rock bottom for an addict.

"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.”

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