At what point does a man look in the mirror and say to himself, “I’m politically unhinged and I need help before I sink into an ideological abyss and drown.” If your name is Joss Whedon, now would be a good time to ask that question.

For those who haven’t been paying attention to social media today, you missed the moment when Warner Bros.’ Batgirl director decided it would be a good idea to use teenage cancer survivors as a cudgel with which to beat President Donald Trump. Seriously. We have reached the point in Mr. Whedon’s life when children who somehow survived countless rounds of chemotherapy are fair game as weapons in a rhetorical war against political enemies.

Warner Bros. executives, if you’re listening, I have a question for you: Do you really want a man who is this unhinged — a man who brings this much baggage with him — at the helm of a big-budget superhero film? If so, then you too might want to consider getting your heads examined.

Check out my latest YouTube video to see Joss Whedon publicly demonstrate how easy it is for a man to die inside from ideological hemlock poisoning. Then, when you’re done, take a moment and vow never to emulate his behavior. You’ll be glad you did upon your own deathbed.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

13 comments

  1. I’m no fan of Trump (or Clinton or Whedon for that matter) but yeah, time and place.

    The thing you over looked was that the tweet was nonsensical. It had nothing to do with anything. If he had made a comment about health care it STILL would have been gross, but it would have at least had some kind of train of thought.

    I remember a year or two back I was watching one of the 24 hour news channels, and saw kids on a campus yelling about safe spaces. Then it cut to commercial, where one for St. Jude was playing. Now, I don’t know if you have ever seen a commercial for St. Jude, but they usually have parents choking back tears because of how glad they are that their kids survived cancer.

    At the time I thought that those kids needed some perspective. I think Mr. Whedon may need to catch that commercial more.

    1. oh…there’s something there…it’s just between the lines. Joss’s need to lecture and insult are so strong that he can’t distinguish his target properly, Plus an increasing loss of sanity

      Joss’s thought process probably started with” These stupid cancer patients are shaking hands with the guy who’s going to kill them!

      to…

      “F*ck these women” “I’m sorry but…f*ck these women”

      then…

      :I need to tweet something…hopefully that will get the repugs ire up and give some morale to the resistance!”

      so..

      “I’ll tweet…”you stupid self-hating b*tches whoring yourself to DJT and PR!!”

      but finally…

      “Maybe I can say something less dickish by attaching DJT’s misogyny to PR shaking hands with these women, that way the focus is on Trump and won’t make my more sensitive friends feel bad”

      aftermath…

      “I didn’t work!! They saw right through me!! HOW? They must not have gotten it. I guess I should shut up?!”

      —in his train of thought, he almost immediately forgot who the patients originally were since he’s too busy figuring out how he can frame the picture to score some points on the Donald…they are just props now.

      In other words. Joss has become (or maybe always was?) a shallow, hateful dumbsh*t who has the unfortunate side habit of wading in his own hate so often and so thoroughly that he doesn’t even have his basic humanity anymore, only the ability to fake it and write it to make money. (if that)

    2. “—in his train of thought, he almost immediately forgot who the patients originally were since he’s too busy figuring out how he can frame the picture to score some points on the Donald…they are just props now.”

      Boom. I was trying to explain this to a guy on YouTube and he just wasn’t getting it. I often try and explain things like I’m talking to a child and it still doesn’t make sense to these guys. They’re so blinded by their own ideology that (as you rightly point out) they can’t see their own humanity slipping away. YouTube can be maddening.

    3. “The thing you over looked was that the tweet was nonsensical. It had nothing to do with anything.”

      The last time I did a video on Mr. Whedon someone said the same thing in the YouTube comments section. Why? It clearly was not “nonsensical.” His own non-apology apology demonstrates that there was indeed a joke that he intended to get across. I can explain it for you if you’d like, but if I have to do that it just further demonstrates how poorly Mr. Whedon’s political communication skills are (odd for a guy who directs movies, I know).

      Mr. Whedon: “So I tweeted something that inadvertently offended everyone except the people I was trying to offend. I’m sorry. I’ll be quiet for a bit.”

      He had a very specific goal, and making “nonsensical” jokes was not part of his plan.

    4. yeah…humanity. Think he has an award for that.

      If the girls were standing in front of Obama, I would feel the same way looking at a picture like that, and knowing who they are…

      see my Mother in a hospital bed, Doctors cutting organs out of her body, and therapy that leaves her in great pain,

      watching my uncle wither and die in front of my eyes,

      losing my Aunt and Grandmother before I could see them again,

      losing my beloved sister in law…a liberal with a kind heart and noble soul, who I miss every day…

      Another Uncle, fighting for his life even now…

      and I can’t help but think ‘thank god you’re alive, and I hope you are free and never go through that again” I see sisters and people who understand what this disease is, what it means.

      And Joss saw a bunch of girls by their looks and TRUMP

      So much for being a Feminist and Humanist

  2. Trumps presidency has been pretty disastrous, and for a small government libertarian that is a great thing. But I find it hilarious that at a time when dems should be quiet and just continue to let Trump implode, they can help themselves. They just continue their own stupidity that allowed them to lose to Trump and think it will work out ok.

    But at the end of the day I love it all. Hopefully these two authoritarian parties will kill each other and we can get back to small government and freedom in America.

  3. I’ll never watch or buy anything Joss Whedon has anything to do with, ever again. He is so far gone. His mental health has to be in question. He’s obsessed.

  4. It should be obvious now more than ever that Whedon is a two-faced hypocrite. He will post images of himself cowering behind a statue of a little girl to virtue signal to the world and scream: “See how progressive I am!? I am a good person, I’m hip and cool and with the kids!” Then when the opportunity presents itself time and time again he cannot control his rage, and the vile thoughts he truly holds within destroy his carefully curated facade. He cannot help but say the things he would burn others at the stake for saying.

    Let us break down his “joke”- It is about teenagers who have survived cancer being selected as brides for the President of the USA. It’s very telling that from viewing that image that is where his mind went to. That is what he thinks is funny and what he thinks other people would find as funny or acceptable in any way. But wait! It does get worse!

    There are two ways he could have gotten there as well:

    1. Either he saw the image and in his blind rage did not even bother to read the text, so he made his “joke” with just the image of teenagers in front of Paul Ryan.

    2. He saw the text that they were cancer survivors and STILL thought that making his “joke” was a good idea.

    He could not turn down the opportunity to do this and grunt out “Trump bad, me good.” I am doubtful if he had any apprehension about doing what he did. He is so single minded in his venomous cause that he can’t even be bothered to think about what he is doing until he has to be smacked on the nose with a rolled up newspaper and told “NO! Bad Joss Whedon! We don’t do that in the house!”

    If these are the horrid thoughts he feels confident to present to the world, I shudder to think of the abject horror that swirls around in the recesses of his poisoned mind.

    And then we have the apologists, the individuals who will defend, excuse or downplay hateful and delusional thinking because it coincides with their own hateful and delusional thinking. It is always so telling when those whom label themselves as “ progressives” or fighting for “Social Justice” cannot criticize their own as harshly as they would criticize those they deem to be opponents. They excuse this obscene behavior because it justifies their own beliefs, and they care not for the damage done to their own image or to others. The lack of Introspection is disturbing.

    He seriously reminds me of a 10 year old child who has no understanding of how rational people actually think and will say whatever comes to mind to get “cool kid points” with those he is so desperately and pathetically trying to appeal to and stay relevant with.

    Whedon: “How do you do fellow progressives? Hey, isn’t my forced and pitiful tweet hilarious?”

    Sane Individuals: “What!?”

    Whedon: “Oh sorry, sorry! I thought you would think it was cool and awesome, and by extension that I was cool and awesome. I’ll prostrate myself before you and then go sit in the bad boy corner for a while until I do it again.”

    Bringing it back around to comics, I never wanted him to be involved in “Batgirl”. I absolutely hate the way he writes dialogue, I cannot stand it.

  5. Whedon is like hyper-partisans on either side of the aisle: a guy who’d rather just mouth off than talk about the complexities of policy. I consider myself a harsh Trump critic; there are many ways to mock or criticize him either in his conduct or policies, but Whedon is a mental midget incapable of using even the slimmest of thought into a discussion (when it comes to political discussions and when knowing to keep his mouth shut). I really think this is the end result of decades of fervent creator worship; the guy clearly thinks he can’t do any wrong, as evidenced by his “I’m sorry you were offended” apology (not to mention the litany of “It’s everyone else’s fault my shows or movies failed” complaints). I’ve never been a Whedon fan and his recent behavior really validates my initial view of the guy: someone with a smug sense of self-satisfaction and unearned ego.

    As for the Batgirl/damage thing referenced in your video, yeah, that really highlights how Whedon could very well screw this movie up. Damaged? Batgirl is probably the most well-adjusted, least damaged sidekick Batman’s ever had (well, pre-Killing Joke, anyway). Multiple Robins have various parent tragedies or problems, but Babs just put on her suit to help out (either because she was on the scene or, as seen in the DCAU and other adaptations, because she’s a Bat fan that wants to help her father in some way). Heck, the closest to damaged was “Beware the Batman,” where she was a brainy kid that didn’t have many friends. And if you factor the “Batman Beyond” cartoon into the equation, Barbara is the only one of the Bat team to put the cape and cowl days behind her without any trauma or difficulty. Whedon’s made such a career out of damaged protagonists that it doesn’t occur to him that some people could just be adventurers who want to help people and not have any psychological issues behind it.

    And in case any die-hard Whedon fans do complain, here’s a sure-fire way to irritate them more than anything you said in the video: just say “Firefly” was overrated. It really ticks them off.

    1. “Whedon’s made such a career out of damaged protagonists that it doesn’t occur to him that some people could just be adventurers who want to help people and not have any psychological issues behind it.”

      Boom.

      Joss Whedon looks at military veterans or cops: “Those dudes signed up for the military and law enforcement? What’s their damage?”

  6. “As for the Batgirl/damage thing referenced in your video, yeah, that really highlights how Whedon could very well screw this movie up.”

    Since the DCEU seems to be going for a darker interpretation of the characters, a damaged take could be more in line with the film franchise than not. Also, unlike the Marvel movies which seem to always start at the character’s origins, DC seems to be handing Batman by starting the story after the Bat Family has been in the business for some time. So, we could be getting a veteran Batgirl not a rookie one, which might mean that a darker setting could be order. Just thinking out loud.

    Either way, a Batgirl movie is about the only thing outside of “Suicide Squad” that the DC movie series has announced/made that I inherently like the idea of, so I’m feeling generally positive about it on paper. As far as the director, well, he has made good stuff in the past and I think there’s a degree of separation of someone’s work from their personal lives.

    “And in case any die-hard Whedon fans do complain, here’s a sure-fire way to irritate them more than anything you said in the video: just say “Firefly” was overrated. It really ticks them off.”

    I think well enough of “Firefly” (got copies of the TV show, movie, and some of the comics). It’s the only thing that Whedon made (outside of his Marvel work) that I’ve ever cared to see, and I still think it’s really overrated. Kinda surprised, all things considered that it got as big a cult following as it did.

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