Joss Whedon Criticized for Comparing Ivanka Trump to a Dog

Joss Whedon, Ivanka Trump

"I guess it's OK to demean women as long as you don't like them or their husbands, eh?," said one Twitter user.

Joss Whedon is under fire for a tweet in which he compares Ivanka Trump to a dog.

The Avengers director, a vocal critic of Donald Trump, was tweeting about Jacob Kushner, Ivanka's husband and Trump's adviser. "Hey, keep your eyes on this f—ing prize too," Whedon wrote. "He's a Voldemort in training, & unlike the Pekingese he married under, can play the long game."

Some people responded to Whedon's tweets with additional criticisms of the president and Kushner, but others quickly leapt to the defense of Ivanka.

"Just so we're on the same page here. You just called Ivanka a dog because you don't agree with Trump. Classy," wrote one user.

"The left used to be better than this. You used to be better than this," another added.

"Wow calling his wife a dog? I guess it's OK to demean women as long as you don't like them or their husbands, eh?" said a user, calling Whedon out for not supporting women with his tweet. This sentiment was echoed in this response: "This from the man who prides himself on being such a great feminist. Unreal. I guess just liberal women. Typical."

Whedon didn't stop his Trump-bashing though, focusing on the new president in his tweets going forward.

On Thursday, though, Whedon returned to Twitter to clarify his controversial message, writing that his comment about a "Pekingese" referred to the president.

Jan. 26, 1:56 p.m. This story has been updated with Whedon's Thursday tweet clarifying his initial comment.