When Joss Whedon deleted his twitter account the other day it lead to tons of speculation. All kinds of theories were thrown around, but the writer-director has now come out to set the record straight: He left the social media giant simply because he considers it too noisy during a time when he needs quiet in order to focus on writing.
One of the theories that was thrown around, which brought drove Whedon to speak with BuzzFeed to clarify things, was that he was scared off by "militant feminists" that were unhappy with the depiction of Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron. "That is horseshit," Whedon said. "Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter. That’s something I’m used to. Every breed of feminism is attacking every other breed, and every subsection of liberalism is always busy attacking another subsection of liberalism, because god forbid they should all band together and actually fight for the cause," he continued.
Whedon then got more specific. "I saw a lot of people say, ‘Well, the social justice warriors destroyed one of their own!’ It’s like, Nope. That didn’t happen,” he continued. “I saw someone tweet it’s because Feminist Frequency pissed on Avengers 2, which for all I know they may have. But literally the second person to write me to ask if I was OK when I dropped out was [Feminist Frequency founder] Anita [Sarkeesian]."
Well, that settles that.
As for the actual reason? "I just thought, 'Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place.' And this is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life. It’s like taking the bar exam at Coachella. It’s like, 'Um, I really need to concentrate on this! Guys! Can you all just… I have to… It’s super important for my law!'"
As has been well-documented, Whedon has parted ways with Marvel Studios in order to pursue the development of his own original ideas, so it certainly makes sense that he'd want unplug for a while in order to focus on cultivating his own babies after several years of being all about Marvel and its rabid fan base.