A new book about the making of Buffy The Vampire Slayer by Evan Ross Katz called Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born: How “Buffy” Staked Our Hearts is out. And in the book, various stars from the series talk about the allegations that Joss Whedon was Joss The Nerves Slayer on set by treating some actors like shit. We’ve already heard stories of Joss’ alleged toxic behavior from Charisma Carpenter and Michelle Trachtenberg, and plenty of other stars have shown their support to the actors who chose to speak out. Now, even more people are dunking on Joss in the new book, like Buffy actors Emma Caulfield and Danny Strong. So let’s read more about how Joss is a shitty person, shall we?
Joss Whedon wasn’t only accused of being an asshole on the set of Buffy. There were also stories of Joss being a menace on the set of Justice League. Earlier this year, Joss tried to defend himself in a tone-deaf New York Magazine interview where he complained that he was bullied by his brother and a nerd in school. But like, who wasn’t, bitch? Get in line! In this new book, Danny Strong, who played Jonathan Levinson on Buffy, specifically addressed Joss’ nerdy beginnings and suggests that Joss was specifically mean to women he found attractive. via IndieWire:
Buffy actor Strong admitted that the accusations against Whedon were “far beyond” what he realized at the time. “Look, my experience on the set was a very positive experience, including my interactions with Joss. And so I wasn’t aware of how toxic the set was for some,” Strong said. “And it seems like who it was toxic for was the really attractive women. That was who he was creating really unpleasant working experiences for. And it’s not in your typical sexual-harasser way, even. These stories, they’re sort of atypical in creating this petty, almost high-school-like environment in pitting the pretty girls all against each other. I’m sure there’s a lot of psychological depth about what that says about Joss.”
“…I think that this mentality that we’re seeing in him is kind of like this high school nerd who’s angry that the pretty girls didn’t like him and he gets older and he’s gonna lash out at the pretty girls or hook up with some of the pretty girls, and the pretty girls that don’t want to hook up with him he’s going to lash out at them in some way or turn other girls against them,” Strong stated.
The Dopesick creator added, “I just want to say if you’re in your mid-thirties, fuck you. That’s not an excuse. You should know better by then. You’re very rich. You’re very successful. Give me a fucking break that you’re still talking about being the high school nerd that didn’t get the girls. It’s not an excuse to mistreat people.”
Emma Caulfield, who played Anya starting in the third season, says in the book that she was not surprised when all of the stories about Joss The Terror came out:
“Well, that’s out finally… I don’t know why it took people so long to have an understanding that this person who fanboys put on a pedestal and think can do no wrong finally got dethroned.”
Sad thing is, this will make some crazy fanboys put Joss on an even higher pedestal. I mean, a nerd who grew up to be a powerful nerd and used his powers to bully the kind of hot people who ignored him in high school? That’s the dream.
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