Joss Whedon dismisses accusations of “toxic” conduct on set.
Joss Whedon has spoken out against claims that he created a “toxic” atmosphere on the sets of many films and television programs. In a lengthy interview with New York magazine’s Vulture, the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” refuted charges of improper and abusive conduct by numerous actresses, including Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, and Charisma Carpenter.
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Whedon’s comments in Monday’s article are the first time he has addressed the many claims leveled against him. “Every weaponizable phrase of the contemporary age was used to make it appear like I was an abusive monster,” Whedon said, adding, “I believe I’m one of the kinder showrunners that’s ever been.”
Fisher, who portrayed Cyborg in 2017’s “Justice League,” which Whedon directed when the original director, Zack Snyder, had to take a leave of absence, accused Whedon of misbehavior, “blatant bigotry,” and underplaying his character’s importance in the picture in 2020.
Fisher’s assertions of racism were refuted by Whedon, who said that none of Fisher’s accusations were “either accurate or worthy of discussion.”
Whedon said, “We’re dealing with a wicked power.” “In all respects, we’re dealing with a poor actor.”
Fisher responded on Twitter on Monday, stating, “After all, Joss Whedon got to direct an ending.” Rather than addressing all of the falsehoods and nonsense today, I’m going to honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The job will resume tomorrow. “
Gadot, who portrays Wonder Woman in multiple DC Comics films, including “Justice League,” said that Whedon “threatened” her career. Because “English is not her first language,” he characterized the encounter as a misunderstanding.
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Carpenter, who portrayed Cordelia Chase in both “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its sequel, “Angel,” tweeted a message in support of Fisher in February 2021, reiterating Fisher’s assertions that Whedon made his cast and crew uncomfortable on set.
Carpenter said that Whedon “abused his authority on several occasions” and that “although he thought his wrongdoing was humorous, it simply served to exacerbate my performance anxiety, disempower me, and isolate” her from her co-stars. She further said that Whedon called her obese and questioned whether she was “going to keep it” when she got pregnant.
“The upsetting events produced a persistent physical problem from which I am now suffering,” she continued.
Several “Buffy” cast and staff members, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, issued comments in Carpenter’s support, supporting her assertions that Whedon’s improper conduct made the set “toxic.”
As a result of the claims made on the set of “I was young,” Whedon stated in the Vulture piece. I screamed, and you had to yell at times. With such a youthful ensemble, it was easy for things to devolve into a cocktail party. “
Carpenter’s version of events was refuted by Whedon, although he did claim Carpenter was “not mannerly.”
He said, “I did not call her fat.” “Of course not,” says the narrator.
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