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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 

Joss Whedon attacks "hate radio"

The guy who made it big with the Avengers movie yesteryear is not following up well on his success. Now, a year after that time when he attacked capitalism at SDCC, he's given a speech at Wesleyan University (via Big Hollywood and Entertainment Weekly) where he attacked conservative radio with the usual demonization tactics:
And we’re not that. We’re more interesting than that. The way that we go into the world understanding is to have these contradictions in ourselves and to see them in other people and not judge them for it. To know that—in a world where debate has kind of fallen away and given away to shouting and bullying—the best thing is not just the idea of honest debate, the best thing is losing a debate. Because it means you’ve learned something and you’ve changed your position.

The only way, really, to understand your position and its worth is to understand the opposite. That doesn’t mean the crazy guy on the radio who’s spewing hate, it means the decent human truths of all the people who feel the need to listen to that guy. You are connected to those people. They’re connected to him. You can’t get away from it.
He may not have named his scapegoat directly, but I doubt he's referring to NPR, which is liberal. And even if he didn't intend it, I think he's insulting the audiences of the radio hosts he doesn't have the courage to identify. What if any of the radio hosts he's against praised his film directing? Is that how he thanks them? His tirades have the potential to alienate some moviegoers, and a real pity he's still keeping on with this unproductive path he's on.

Update: Whedon was also interviewed by the Village Voice, and told them that:
"Marvel comics are so influenced by Shakespeare,"
But what's Whedon influenced by? Nothing even remotely similar, I fear.

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