Following Criticism, Joss Whedon Fan Site Shuts Down After 15 Years
A day after Joss Whedon was criticized as a hypocrite "preaching feminist ideals" by his ex-wife, architect Kai Cole, a popular fan site dedicated to the director has decided to say farewell.
Whedonesque.com has operated for 15 years, acting as a message board for fans of Whedon's work, which ranges from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers movie.
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"15 years is a long time and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge," reads the final post on the site. "But now it's time to say goodbye. No more threads after this one, we're closing down."
The admins called for donations to organizations that deal with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that Cole, in a column for The Wrap, said she was diagnosed with after Whedon revealed his multiple affairs during their 15-year marriage. After Cole's post, many online commenters were quick to chastise Whedon, an outspoken feminist who has built a career on strong female protagonists.
The Whedonesque Twitter account will stay in operation.
In June, a 2006 script that Whedon wrote for a Wonder Woman movie that never went into production leaked online, with many DC fans calling the director's take on the character sexist due to the character description, dialogue and the majority of the important action falling on male lead Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine in the Patty Jenkins-directed feature).
Whedon is currently finishing reshoots on The Justice League movie, which he took over for director Zack Snyder after he had to bow out following a family tragedy. The director is also developing a Batgirl movie with Warner Bros. and DC.
by Daniel Fienberg