While Joss Whedon is busy working on his next project, several actors he worked with are blasting him in public. Charisma Carpenter was the first to revive claims of unspecified abuse on set by Whedon. Not long after, costars Michelle Trachtenberg and Sarah Michelle Gellar lent their voices to the growing chorus.
Gellar said she didn’t, “want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon.” Emma Caulfield and Michelle Trachtenberg reposted the Instagram entry. Trachtenberg wasn’t allowed to be alone with Whedon, according to the actor.
While stars of Buffy The Vampire Slayer are banding together, fans of the show have a mixed reaction to the news.
Responding to the youngest member of the show to come forward, one follower blasted Trachtenberg for her post.
“She still sounds 12 writing like that,” they posted. However, another Twitter user turned the attack around. They pointed out her behavior might be attributable to past abuse.
“Oh god. I wonder what he did to her??” Another wrote.
Still, another claimed that Trachtenberg herself has a reputation as being difficult. Another Twitter user again pointed out there might be a reason behind that.
“Well maybe now we can consider that part of it was to protect herself,” they wrote. “I’ve actually heard bad things about several actors from Buffy, but now wondering if Joss trauma had something to do with it.”
‘Buffy’ Stars Highlight Continued Abuse
One thing quite a few users pointed out on social media is how Whedon’s abuse allegations surface so often, while he still gets jobs.
It's really frustrating that all the people Joss Whedon abused have to come out and remind everyone that he abused them every year or two because the collective public consciousness seems to selectively forget and keeps letting him have jobs where he can continue to abuse people.
— Kelly Turnbull (@Coelasquid) February 10, 2021
One Twitter user thought Whedon might have written himself into the show, perhaps unwittingly.
“The closest Joss Whedon ever came to self-awareness was making the worst buffy villain a mortal man who hated women.” They wrote on Twitter.
However, another fan pointed out that the other user was likely talking about Season 6. That season Marti Noxon was the showrunner and not Whedon.
Marti Noxon was the show runner for season 6. In retrospect, a group of basement dwellers that decided to become supervillains as a joke that turned into very serious violence seems really prescient.
— 🥶🥶❄️❄️❄️🧣🧣🧤🧤⛄⛄ (@givemanamask) February 10, 2021
Telling On Himself?
Some fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer engaged in a discussion about whether or not the former showrunner was “telling on himself” in many of his stories. They pointed to other characters that had problems relating to and dealing with women.
“As a former fan, once you start seeing the grossness in his work, you can’t unsee it,” one wrote. “It just keeps adding up and up and suddenly you realize how vile you find all these shows that once meant the world to you. It’s insidious.”
Several woman-haters in the show were mentioned in discussions. Another user thought Caleb was the topic of conversation, who appeared later in the series.
Finally, a user drew a line between Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Joss Whedon.
“Still love Buffy, loathe Whedon,” he wrote. “Loathed him for many years, ever since hearing very reliable rumors about the abuse Charisma suffered.”