Avengers director Joss Whedon unexpectedly deleted his Twitter account yesterday, some believe in response to the backlash over his new film’s treatment of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character.
Comedian Patton Oswalt, who’s become a sort of first responder for culture fights and who’s had his own complicated relationship with the microblogging site, tweeted in disgust last night:
Yep. There is a "Tea Party" equivalent of progressivism/liberalism. And they just chased Joss Whedon off Twitter. Good job, guys. Ugh.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 4, 2015
Controversy erupted two weeks ago after two other (male) actors from the film appeared to slut-shame Johansson‘s character during an interview; the men later apologized. Others actors in the franchise have criticized the lack of Black Widow merchandise.
FTR, it’s unclear whether the controversy and Whedon’s exit are related; he has been vocal about his exhaustion with the franchise, which carries with it the economic expectations of a decently-sized nation state. The Avengers sequel had the second-largest opening of any film in history last weekend, though it fell short of the original’s first-week haul.
Per the good folks over at Mary Sue, here’s Whedon’s last tweet before his feed went down the memory hole:
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