I have to admit something to y’all. I have always been a big fan of Joss Whedon. His show Firefly (which only lasted 1 season) is still one of my favorite TV shows, and I was also a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it’s spinoff Angel. I also think that most of the theatrical work he’s done has been excellent.
However, that is where my fandom of Joss Whedon ends.
In fact, I’m pretty sure that when he’s not working on a show or film, he might actually be going crazy.
Actually… Whedon might be thinking the same thing. He wrote this back in February in response to the fact of Trump’s presidency.
In his defense, Whedon has been #NeverTrump since long ago and perhaps his many, many anti-Trump rants have simply warped his mind. His latest attack on the President may be his worst yet.
Early Thursday morning, Whedon was awake and reading some sad news from Chechnya where the Muslim majority was “purging” (read arresting and possibly murdering) the male homosexual population.
Call to action by Amnesty International re: Chechnya's ongoing purge of gay men https://t.co/4Av2tF6NVN
— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) April 6, 2017
From the NY Times:
Over the past week, men ranging in age from 16 to 50 have disappeared from the streets of Chechnya.
On Saturday, a leading Russian opposition newspaper confirmed a story already circulating among human rights activists: The Chechen authorities were arresting and killing gay men…
The men were detained “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such,” the newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, reported, citing Russian federal law enforcement officials, who blamed the local authorities.
By Saturday, the paper reported, and an analyst of the region with her own sources confirmed, that more than 100 gay men had been detained. The newspaper had the names of three murder victims, and suspected many others had died in extrajudicial killings.
A spokesman for Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, denied the report in a statement to Interfax on Saturday, calling the article “absolute lies and disinformation.”
“You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” the spokesman, Alvi Karimov, told the news agency.
“If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return,” Mr. Karimov said.
After reading the article Whedon made an incredibly odd connection that seemed to either imply that President Trump might soon be arresting and killing gay men or that America might soon be run by Muslims.
It seems far more likely that Whedon was attacking Trump, because he used the #resistance hashtag which has become popular among the anti-Trump left, but in that context the tweet truly makes no sense. If Whedon had read the NY Times article he would have learned that the anti-gay assault was coming from the Muslim majority. It makes even less sense when you consider the fact that Whedon has been a vocal opponent of President Trump’s for months, and has even spoke out against the President’s attempt to slow Muslim migration from states with heavy terrorist influence. If Whedon was truly worried about the safety of our homosexual (and LGBTQ) population… shouldn’t he support President Trump’s efforts?
I guess that would make too much sense for a liberal like Whedon.
Joss, if you’re reading this, please… stick to making awesome TV shows and movies. Stop commenting on things you obviously know NOTHING about.