As you might remember, “Avengers” director Joss Whedon’s feminist ally credentials took a bit of a hit when his ex-wife dropped a bomb on him in the form of an article in The Wrap detailing years of affairs.
So pardon us when we’re less than impressed with his latest attempt to shore up his feminist credentials. This time he’s taking on a piece in the Los Angeles Times about University of Toronto psychologist and author Jordan Peterson.
For those not in the know, “incel” stands for “involuntary celibate,” and it’s sort of becoming a thing now, unfortunately.
So what has Whedon so upset this time? Cathy Young, a contributing editor at Reason, writes that Peterson’s sometimes wrong, but he shouldn’t be written off:
In reality, Peterson’s ideas are a mixed bag. He says some sensible and insightful things, and he says some things that rightly draw criticism. But you wouldn’t know this from reading Peterson’s critics, who generally cast him as a far-right boogeyman riding the wave of a misogynistic backlash. That’s a mistake.
For all his flaws, Peterson is tapping into a very real frustration: More than half a century after the modern feminist revolution began in the 1960s, we have yet to figure out new rules for partnership between men and women.
For all its successes, contemporary feminism’s main message to men is not one of equal partnership. Rather, it’s: Repent, abase yourself, and be an obedient feminist ally — and we still won’t trust you. It’s no wonder that Peterson has found an eager audience in this climate. If feminists don’t like his message, they should offer a better one.
This looks like a job for feminism’s biggest ally … Joss Whedon!
— Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) June 2, 2018
I'm sure Cathy appreciates your mansplain. https://t.co/Pn2sMfiFKC
— Corky St. Clair (@kafbst) June 2, 2018
This tweet backfired. https://t.co/oRmTvAbEDR
— Elliot Coen (@elliot_coen) June 2, 2018
Irony was pronounced dead at 10:45 6/1/2018 https://t.co/j3RWIzdBd6
— John (@johninUT) June 2, 2018
Just stop https://t.co/mxWa3Hbuyo
— Alex Muresianu (@ahardtospell) June 2, 2018
Really trying hard to win those feminists back, eh?
— neontaster (@neontaster) June 2, 2018
A. Another case of virtue signaling from a 'male feminist' accused himself of abusing power w/ women
B. A breathtaking lack of self awareness
C. Another lecture from Hollywood
D. All of the above https://t.co/bGZZ2svumb
— Pat ???????? (@nikeman310) June 2, 2018
It seems like only yesterday that your wife left you & also let the world know you used feminism and your position to get laid. That's some history, eh? https://t.co/piNWuwXEGc
— FilmLadd (@FilmLadd) June 2, 2018
*Serial adulterer explains feminism https://t.co/iJLiXhoxob
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) June 2, 2018
Some people might have been better off being cel. https://t.co/29zpRjuiFz
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) June 2, 2018
Before Joss ruined the Justice League, he ruined his own marriage by cheating on his wife for years with young actresses who worked for him.
Also, he really digs feminism. https://t.co/sueIGQI6HW
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) June 2, 2018
Joss Whedon still has a job in Hollywood. That's how you know Hollywood is serious about the stuff. https://t.co/7qAPQu6tNG
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) June 2, 2018
Pretty neat how a hack director who cheated on his wife and blamed the Patriarchy for his actions still acts like a spokesperson for the feminist movement.
Kind of says all you need to know about male feminists. https://t.co/RU8W0JIduK
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 2, 2018
Your glass house is too fragile for you to be trash talking anyone Whedon. https://t.co/AbrXLLez0h
— Demon C (@NightmareThe1st) June 2, 2018
Said of a libertarian feminist who doesn’t make TV shows about turning women into programmable sex robots https://t.co/Kjit4BT7OA
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 2, 2018
Remember when you got mad at an actress for getting pregnant and wrote her out of your show? https://t.co/zjuXHRMi5n
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) June 2, 2018
I actually I hate Joss Whedon. He's so white knight that it's an instant turn off. Plus swearing is so hip and down with the kids. Loser https://t.co/OBXNbxsUjM
— Bianca "Queen Bee" Garner (@thefilmbee) June 2, 2018
"Also, Samantha Bee didn't go far enough when she called that b*tch a c*nt." ⬇️ https://t.co/iLKMadSkl5
— Add your name (@corrcomm) June 2, 2018
Men who want to use nasty language about women while taking up space and attention in the feminist sphere that could've been occupied by a woman are something else https://t.co/KCdpUGQHtJ
— Ed K (@edkrayewski) June 2, 2018
He is SO a feminist, look at his cover picture ? pic.twitter.com/u5brAlMYr3
— Andrew S. (@shoutingboy) June 2, 2018
Yeeeeah, as a woman, I’m probably not going to want support from a man who cheated on his own wife multiple times and has been accused of sexual harassment. Not the makings of the feminist hero you keep claiming you are. https://t.co/55WVYFo2IN
— Jaina (@Serenity_Jayne) June 2, 2018
Joss Whedon, the Feminist. Who banged interns behind his wife’s back. Is criticizing Peterson, who is trying to help people. This actually irritates me. https://t.co/CmHTfF48dN
— Draggin Energy (@philthatremains) June 2, 2018
It’s mind blowing he has the audacity to criticize ANYONE and in the name of feminism!? He was using his power and influence to bang interns. And he’s criticizing someone who has, in his clinical practice, helped more woman then @Joss could hope to help. Astounding. https://t.co/CmHTfF48dN
— Draggin Energy (@philthatremains) June 2, 2018
You’re really attacking Jordan Peterson over feminism when you’re the tiny insecure man who preached feminism all while cheating on your wife for over a decade? Your anger should be directed at yourself. Also, the only fishwrappers I see are your commercial junk Hollywood scripts https://t.co/Ykav5zwXzT
— JACQUES (@arcadeyblog) June 2, 2018
Sorry to say Joss, but writing a tweet with generic insults to satisfy your dim witted fan base is pointless. If you feel this strongly about Peterson & his views then debate him. I doubt that’ll happen though because you’re smart enough to foreshadow a massacre. Stick to movies. https://t.co/RLN6ivvB6x
— Sahil Oberoi (@SahilOberoi1) June 2, 2018
Typical Hollywood male. Close minded abusive Neanderthal masquerading as pro feminist. Equal opportunity as long as you bend over and take it. Cliched clown who lashes out when his pea sized brain and manhood gets challenged with facts or opposing opinions. Dime a dozen. https://t.co/dyXW8SscDh
— Lulu Lapin (@Lulu_Lapin) June 2, 2018
No, feminism taps into a frustration that has been front-and-center from the very beginning of history. The problem is feminism gives in to the frustration, denies the cause of the frustration, and refuses to accept responsibility for the frustration. https://t.co/bHoIfY9hzn
— Courtney Huntington (@cahuntington) June 2, 2018
Some people are cauldrons of rage and anger, and politics becomes an outlet for them to abuse others. Joss Whedon seems like a deeply unhappy soul. https://t.co/IMy15TDqxC
— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) June 2, 2018
It must be awful to wake up each morning with this much hatred in your heart… https://t.co/rKoktb89T1
— Joey Mccord (@therealjmccord) June 2, 2018
SO WOKE! Joss Whedon defends Samantha Bee by … shaming IVANKA (no, SERIOUSLY) https://t.co/c4tYXD9zzB
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 31, 2018