YEAH, THAT’S NICE. BUT HE SHOULD TRY TO LEARN SOMETHING FROM THE EXPERIENCE: Mark Ruffalo on feminists attacking Joss Whedon: ‘It hurts him.’
Actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Incredible Hulk in the Avengers movies, defended Joss Whedon on Wednesday from attacks that the beloved director is anti-woman.
Ruffalo made the defense during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything,” when he was asked about the recent controversy over Whedon’s portrayal of Black Widow in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“I think it’s sad,” Ruffalo said. “Because I know how Joss feels about women, and I know that he’s made it a point to create strong female characters.”
The issue came to a boil on Monday when Whedon suddenly quit Twitter. For hours people (including this writer) wondered whether it was due to the criticism — and death threats — Whedon received over his new film. On Tuesday, Whedon brushed off the notion, calling it “horses–t,” before also calling out feminists for attacking other feminists.
Ruffalo described Whedon as a “deeply committed feminist,” and noted that he believes the anger has more to do with a lack of strong female superheroes.
The anger isn’t the result of anything. The anger comes first, then comes the search for targets. And, Joss: If they’re attacking you unfairly, maybe . . . work with me here. . . they’re attacking other people unfairly, too.