Joss Whedon Reveals the Real Reason He Quit Twitter

     May 6, 2015


Right after Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters and scored over $190 million at the domestic box office, Joss Whedon announced that he was quitting Twitter. There was loads of speculation regarding what drove him to delete his account with many quick to assume it was directly connected to the especially intense Age of Ultron hate directed at him, which primarily broke down to disturbing death threats and tweets from militant feminists.

However, during an interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon insisted that the severe complaints regarding Black Widow’s role in Age of Ultron had nothing to do with his Twitter exit:

“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.”


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He continued:

“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].”

Whedon also commended Sarkeesian for sticking with the social media platform:

“For someone like Anita Sarkeesian to stay on Twitter and fight back the trolls is a huge statement. It’s a statement of strength and empowerment and perseverance, and it’s to be lauded. For somebody like me to argue with a bunch of people who wanted Clint and Natasha to get together [in the second Avengers film], not so much. For someone like me even to argue about feminism — it’s not a huge win. Because ultimately I’m just a rich, straight, white guy. You don’t really change people’s minds through a tweet. You change it through your actions. The action of Anita being there and going through that and getting through that and women like her — that says a lot.”


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The real reason Whedon left Twitter? He wants to start writing again:

“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.”

He added:

“The real issue is me. 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.”

Even though Whedon flat-out stated he quit Twitter in order to go to a “quiet place” and “get stuff done,” it’s impossible to disassociate that goal with what’s been happening on social media regarding Avengers: Age of Ultron. I get why some very passionate fans are unhappy with the film, but it’s just a movie and certainly doesn’t justify tweets like this:

During the interview, Whedon also noted that “when you declare yourself politically, you destroy yourself artistically” and addressed the reaction to his comment about the “70s era sexist” Jurassic World clip:

“There was a point during the whole Jurassic World thing where someone wrote the phrase ‘championing women marginalizes them,’ and I was like, OK! We’re done! The snake hath et its tail. There’s no way to find any coherence when everything has to be parsed and decried.”


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Whedon also recalled an important tip he received from comic writer Brian Michael Bendis:

“He said, ‘You’re going to meet a new kind of person. His example was he had a letter somebody had written that just said, ‘In panel one, page 17, Daredevil would never say that, die die why can’t you just die?’ … I haven’t dealt with a lot of that, because my fans have always been sweet, erudite, interesting, compassionate people. Like, I don’t know any Buffy trolls. So the steady stream of just like, ‘You suck, you suck, you suck’ [on Twitter] — I don’t really think I need to visit You Suck Land anymore.”

Clearly Whedon is steering clear of “You Suck Land” for now, but is there a chance he could return to Twitter in the future?

“I’m sure I’d consider it at some point. It’s a lot of fun. I had a great time.”


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