Abuse of power, abuse of privilege, destroyer of dreams… It’s hard to believe, but in this case?
I’m referring to Hollywood.
Joss Whedon is one such example, representative of an artist who abuses their vast media presence to broadcast personal – and inflammatory – political opinion.
Yes, this is nothing new. And a growing trend for many years. However, it seems like this practice has become less about personal opinion and more like a Liberal Left political tactic – as can be evidenced by Obama’s consistent use of Hollywood “stars” to promote his agenda, and most recently, their attempt to win Hillary a presidential election.
But here’s the rub.
Don’t these people, the writers-performers-producers, care that this type behavior destroys half of their own fan base?
I thought Whedon’s use of actors, that played Marvel Comics’ iconic characters in The Avengers, to create a television commercial that campaigned for his choice of presidential candidate a blatant disregard for fans with opposing opinion.
“Avengers director Joss Whedon has assembled an all-star team of Hillary Clinton supporters – including his superhero-portraying brethren like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle – for a series of comedy videos encouraging similarly liberal-leaning groups to vote for Clinton on Election Day.”
But Clinton lost the election, and obviously Whedon – along with many others – are unhappy. That’s no excuse for bad behavior or violent, disrespectful, personal attack.
Regardless of whether Whedon was talking about our newly elected President Trump or his daughter – I find his statements intolerable and disgusting. The article goes on to report:
“Shortly after Trump’s victory in November, Whedon said Trump cannot “cannot be allowed a term in office.”
“It’s not about 2018. It’s about RIGHT NOW,” he wrote.
The writer-producer has also used social media to attack other members of the Republican party.
Earlier this month, Whedon wrote on Twitter that he hoped House Speak Paul Ryan would be killed in a gruesome way…”
There are many other examples of ‘Hollywood gone wrong’, but I find Whedon’s behavior the most disheartening only because I have been such a long time fan of his work. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Firefly to The Avengers – his stories have created characters that took on lives, all their own. But now?
The illusion has been shattered. I can no longer enjoy these stories, for Whedon’s reality has tainted the dream.
Fiction writers, producers, artists of all kinds, weave their tapestries using threads of imagination and illumination. They build worlds and breathe life into characters that do wondrous things – sometimes terrible, yes, but wondrous. Yet all of it boils down to the same thing. Creating stories (products) that entertain consumers of their work.
So, speaking now from a writer’s viewpoint – don’t we have a responsibility to ALL of our fans?
Perhaps in Joss’s case, he forgets that the same public that purchases his fiction – does not necessarily subscribe to the same “leftist” politics that he seems so intent in blasting out into the ether of public opinion. I’m guessing he just doesn’t care, maybe due to an ego that has grown to match size with his bank account.
I, for one, refuse to spend one more red cent on anything he has produced – past or present – and now count him as a member of my personal list of *banned* former favorites, which is unfortunately growing in number.
This can serve as a message to all artists, everywhere, and especially to those of you working hard to cross the proverbial desert, hoping to dip even one toe into that vast ocean of stardom. Don’t alienate your fans.
And to those who have grown ‘too big for their britches’? Your inflated ego will only sustain you for a finite time. Be prepared. The fall from your golden pedestal is sure to be a doozy.