More BUFFY, ANGEL & FIREFLY Actors/Writers Weigh In On Recent Joss Whedon Accusations

More BUFFY, ANGEL & FIREFLY Actors/Writers Weigh In On Recent Joss Whedon Accusations

Several other people who worked closely with Joss Whedon over the years have now weighed in on Charisma Carpenter's recent allegations, and it's safe to say the Avengers director doesn't have many allies.

By MarkCassidy - Feb 13, 2021 05:02 AM EST

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel star Charisma Carpenter's recent accusations against Joss Whedon have seemingly opened the floodgates for others to come forward with their own troubling accounts of working with the director.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Benson, and Michelle Trachtenberg (whose insinuations are particularly distressing) were quick to weigh in, and others have now either backed up their claims or detailed their own experiences with Whedon.

Angel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor J. August Richards (Gunn) showed his support for Carpenter on Twitter, while Firefly writer Jose Molina re-Tweeted Benson's statement with a rather sickening story of his own.

While nobody has defended Whedon, Anthony Head (Giles) did say he was surprised by the allegations during an interview with This Morning.

"I've been up most of the night just running through my memories, thinking 'What did I miss?' And this is not a man saying 'I didn't see it so it didn't happen.' "I'm gutted, I am seriously gutted. Because my fondest memory of Buffy is the fact that it was so empowering. Not just in the words and the script, but the family feel of the show. I'm really sad that if people went through these experiences, that they didn't.. I was sort of like a father figure, and I would hope that someone would come to me, saying 'I'm struggling. I just had a horrible conversation.'

"Admittedly, the first post by Charisma was when she was working on Angel, and I was long gone. But there were other posts, subsequently, that are making me think 'How on earth did I not know this was going on?'"

None of the cast or crew who worked with Whedon on Marvel's Avengers movies have really had much to say (positive or negative) about the filmmaker over the years, but it'll be interesting to see if that changes now.

Whedon has not responded, but is expected to at some point.

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BigBoiJoe - 2/13/2021, 5:33 AM
F@ck Joss wheadon
BigBoiJoe - 2/13/2021, 5:33 AM
@BigBoiJoe - also first
RegularPoochie - 2/13/2021, 5:44 AM
@BigBoiJoe - [frick] you
NubaX - 2/13/2021, 8:50 AM
@BigBoiJoe - Didn't everyone in here call Ray Fisher A crybaby and a drama queen for first bringing this to everyone's attention?

Mad cus he kept beating the same drumb because he felt nothing was being done.

But now...

Now that's its other actors and actresses we side with them? F@ck Wheadon?, Hes a A$shole?

Razorface1 - 2/13/2021, 9:15 AM
@NubaX - i think Fishers refusal to say what happened played a big part in it.
whynot - 2/13/2021, 5:35 AM
I haven’t seen anything too bad yet.
Se4M4NSt4ine - 2/13/2021, 5:42 AM
@whynot - a grown ass man belittling women to tears ain’t too bad to you?
Blergh - 2/13/2021, 5:51 AM
@whynot - while not sexual in nature his abuse was still absolutely terrible.
Making people cry on set for fun? That's just cruel for the sake of it.

The man deserves to go down, if these clear allegations are true, and shouldn't get to work in the industry again.

He's a brilliant creative mind and has a unique voice but the man behind the art seems to be a despicably gruesome monster.
whynot - 2/13/2021, 5:52 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine - @Se4M4NSt4ine - I think most of Whedon’s remarks were made in jest. Cruel jest? Absolutely, but when these reports on Whedon came out I expected way worse. How many directors do you think made women/men cry? This crap happens, most directors are jerks. But looking at Anthony Heads comments it feels like these comments were truly isolated to the point that certain people have different opinions on what jokes actually are.
Se4M4NSt4ine - 2/13/2021, 6:01 AM
@whynot - I’m sorry, I completely disagree with what you’re suggesting. Let me tell you why:

This isn’t a Stanley Kubrick dilemma, where he pushed the actors and actresses to the point of emotion. No, Joss is the classic example of a little insecure man, who enjoys belittling others, to the point where their visual displeasure pleases him.

I’d perhaps buy into your theory if it was a one and done situation, where Joss realises he takes it too far and would reign it in. But to openly brag about upsetting other people within the work place?

Come on man, we can all argue about what humour is, but that’s just straight up sadistic.
whynot - 2/13/2021, 6:02 AM
@Blergh - “making people cry on set for fun” do we know that this is accurate on something that happened 20 years ago. Canceling Whedon over what I see so far seems a bit terrible. We have a few people having bad experiences with Whedon almost every actor that spoke up was killed off from his show. People like Anthony head and SMG who have been on set with him from the start of BTVS have not confirmed any of this. I’d say Charisma had the most compelling detailed experiences with Whedon. Honestly I don’t think her experiences were that bad. We are only seeing her perception of the way every went down. She got a tattoo without permission from the producers of the show she signed up to be on. She had a few non first person accounts like she was called fat to her colleagues. I just find 90% of all this questionable at best and to dismiss Whedon based on incidents that weren’t physical or sexual abuse 20+ years ago is nonsense
Se4M4NSt4ine - 2/13/2021, 6:05 AM
@whynot - the main actress who played Buffy showed her support to the claims, so did James Marsters.

So don’t throw the allegations off as just disgruntled ex employees out with a vengeance against Whedon.
Ha1frican - 2/13/2021, 6:07 AM
@whynot - Why is it ok because it happens? How common something is doesn’t make it any less shitty. If I made someone underneath me at my job cry twice in a meeting bc I was cruel and then I bragged about it I’d be fired pretty fast. The prevalence of that kind of thing is wrong and changing the culture is necessary
dagenspear - 2/13/2021, 6:09 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine - He could do worse. So far, this isn't something I find too surprising.
Se4M4NSt4ine - 2/13/2021, 6:11 AM
@dagenspear - absolutely he could do worse, doesn’t mean we should just accept the context of the situation.
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