The case around showrunner Joss Whedon’s problematic behavior isn’t over. After accusations from the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he decided to speak up.
Director and screenwriter Joss Whedon, who is behind many blockbusters like Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Firefly or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is once again at the heart of several controversies. In February 2021, he was accused by actress Charisma Carpenter – who plays Cordelia – of having abusive behavior during filming of buffy the vampire slayer. And she was not the only one to point the finger since the actress Gal Gadot, who embodies Wonder Woman in the DC universe and who played in Justice Leaguescripted by Joss Whedon, had previously made similar statements about him when they had to shoot scenes again for Justice League.
After spending several months without responding to these statements, Joss Whedon recently spoke nearby New YorkMagazinein which he confesses not to have been”civilized” at its beginnings as showrunner. In the interview, he clarified: “I was shouting. Sometimes I had to scream. The cast was very young and things could quickly degenerate into a real mess”. Filming the series with Sarah Michelle Gellar therefore seems to have been complicated, but Joss Whedon still denies having told Charisma Carpenter that she was “big“during her pregnancy. However, he admits that he did not always have “good manners“. The showrunner therefore seems ready to take the minimum possible responsibility without questioning himself in the face of the many similar accusations that target him.
Joss Whedon: ‘I’m one of the nicest showrunners to ever exist’
When she accused him, Charisma Carpenter explained that Joss Whedon “abused his power on many occasions“with the consequences of”heightened my gambling anxiety, took all my strength away from me and kept me away from people“. Statements by Charisma Carpenter, made on her Twitter account, were at the time made in support of actor Ray Fisher, who plays Cybord in the DC universe, and who had denounced the abusive behavior of Joss Whedon. They were both supported in turn by Amber Benson, Sarah Michelle Gellar who said she was proud of her Buffy Summers character but didn’t want to be associated with the name Joss Whedon, or Michelle Trachtenberg. Other personalities provided support and/or testimonies thereafter. Joss Whedon remains to him, according to his interview in the New YorkMagazineconvinced that he is “one of the nicest showrunners ever“.
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