“I very much feel like Alyson and I really got to knock on the glass ceiling, and say “Screw you glass ceiling, we are going to knock you down.”—Amber Benson on being a role model for young people exploring their sexuality (X)
“In our first meeting Kevin Feige said, this is what we’re gonna do and I said, “Oh but you have to go out there and tell everybody that it was your idea because this is going to get me so much shit. Because they are all going to be like, “Oh he did it again!” It was stipulated from the beginning, and I completely agree that it was the right thing to do, and so did Clark.”—Joss on why killing Coulson wasn’t his idea (X)
Words matter greatly. I find the casual use of the word ‘bitch’ for women to be extremely disturbing and to be intimately connected with a lot of very unpleasant features of culture. But I thought this piece of dialogue worked perfectly; it fit the character and the scene and enhanced the general sense of Loki as weaker and more overreaching and Black Widow as tougher minded and more effective. So I am happy that the insult is there.
I’m not, of course, happy that some people are getting offended. But potentially giving offence is only sometimes a reason not to say things, or include them in art (even of the more commercial variety). Some people get concerned by certain words or images in such a way that the context scarcely matters. They have their arguments for such an approach; including views about psychological and cultural influence. I find the approach deeply unhelpful, however. And I don’t think that the best way to improve the world is only to produce art that represents a perfect world (whatever that would be).
The effect of Loki’s murders within the fiction on real people in the audience is unsurprisingly less than the effect of his words. If we are in a reflective mood, we have reason to cast a critical eye over all human behaviour; but taking offence at fictional evil characters saying wicked things where the overall point of their having said them is to undermine those evil characters, the things said, and the ideas and practices that they drew upon - well, I think it a mistake.
Maclay at Whedonesque about the “Mewling Quim” of The Avengers, art, censorship, and villainous characters.
“It’s exciting for me because Season 9 was really — it’s called “Freefall” for a reason. She was free, and she was falling. Season 10 is different. There’s some answers in there about what’s supposed to be going on in her life. That’s something I feel she and the readers will be glad to cling onto. Not gonna be simple, but it feels like it’s got a lot of pop and a lot of momentum.”—Joss on Buffy Season 10 (X)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012, dir. Drew Goddard) is a successful satire on the state of modern horror films. It’s been referred to as a ‘loving hate letter’ to the genre. In this post, I’m going to discuss the use of stereotypes in this film and criticisms thrown at them.
“It’s very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world. Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.”—
Joss Whedon, on writing Avengers: Age of Ultron [x]
(In other words, Hawkeye will most likely get more than 14 minutes of screen time this time around, yay!)