Joss Whedon perfectly explained feminism at Equality Now’s “Make Equality Reality” event. A lot of our readers here at Evil Beet call us feminists like it’s a bad thing. I think we all have different definitions of what it is. I can’t explain it better than what Joss Whedon said. I’ll post the video, but here’s the transcript, via E Online. Yeah, it’s long, look for the TL;DR at the bottom:
“Ist” in it’s meaning is also a problem for me. Because you can’t be born an “ist”. It’s not natural… So feminist includes the idea that believing men and women to be equal, believing all people to be people, is not a natural state. That we don’t emerge assuming that everybody in the human race is a human, that the idea of equality is just an idea that’s imposed on us. That we are indoctrinated with it, that it’s an agenda…
…My problem with feminist is not the word. It’s the question. “Are you now, or have you ever been, a feminist?” The great Katy Perry once said—I’m paraphrasing—”I’m not a feminist but I like it when women are strong.”…Don’t know why she feels the need to say the first part, but listening to the word and thinking about it, I realize I do understand. This question that lies before us is one that should lie behind us. The word is problematic for me because there’s another word that we’re missing…
…When you say racist, you are saying that is a negative thing. That is a line that we have crossed. Anything on the side of that line is shameful, is on the wrong side of history. And that is a line that we have crossed in terms of gender but we don’t have the word for it…
…I start thinking about the fact that we have this word when we’re thinking about race that says we have evolved beyond something and we don’t really have this word for gender. Now you could argue sexism, but I’d say that’s a little specific. People feel removed from sexism. ‘I’m not a sexist, but I’m not a feminist.’ They think there’s this fuzzy middle ground. There’s no fuzzy middle ground. You either believe that women are people or you don’t. It’s that simple…
…Genderist. I would like this word to become the new racist. I would like a word that says there was a shameful past before we realized that all people were created equal. And we are past that. And every evolved human being who is intelligent and educated and compassionate and to say I don’t believe that is unacceptable. And Katy Perry won’t say, “I’m not a feminist but I like strong women,” she’ll say, “I’m not a genderist but sometimes I like to dress up pretty.” And that’ll be fine.
This is how we understand society. The word racism didn’t end racism, it contextualized it in a way that we still haven’t done with this issue. Does that mean that this will end the problem? Yes, definitely, we’ve done it.
TL;DR: feminist is not a bad word, calm down.
I wonder if Katy Perry will respond…
Meanwhile I still think Selena Gomez has no idea what the word “feminist” means.
November 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I know, so does almost every American. Personally, if I see one more sign around town that says “Vote for Coal,” I’m going to lose my mind, because I’m pretty sure that coal isn’t even running this year. But we’re all about those wacky celebrities over here, so why don’t we check in on what they think about all these shenanigans?
First of all, did you know that good ol’ Mitt has been using a motto from Friday Night Lights? I didn’t, because why would I even watch that show ever, but it’s true. Mitt’s been saying “Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose,” which is pretty much bullshit coming from him anyway, and he’s even been selling bracelets with the slogan on it. But you know who said it first? The kids on Friday Night Lights. A show about high school football.
One of the actresses on the show, Connie Britton, and executive producer Sarah Aubrey came together to write a piece for USA Today about Mitt’s silly choice, and here’s some of what they had to say:
“The show wasn’t just about football. And ‘Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose’ wasn’t just about winning games. Rather, it was a rallying cry of hope and optimism in a community where everyone had a fair shot—no matter their background, no matter their parents, no matter their gender. And no matter their politics.
“Dillon is a classic American town filled with hard-working, middle-class Americans, who just want to lead productive, healthy lives. In fact, it is President Obama who has shown his values to be more closely aligned with those represented by the phrase.”
“Who’s registered to vote? I don’t care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama.”
After she got booed, she tried to fix it by saying “Seriously, I don’t care who you vote for. Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote.” But hey, would you have guessed enough Republicans to generate audible boos would be at a Madonna concert?
Finally, Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Firefly, and all things good in this world, released his own video with a shocking endorsement of Romney:
If there was any confusion about anything, I hope that video cleared it up for you. Now listen to Madonna and go vote, fellow Americans!
October 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm by Emily
Oh, hey there, nerds! How’s it going? Great, I hope! Listen, I know you’re probably getting all excited for The Avengers, and let’s be real, it hasn’t been more than a month since you sat down and watched an episode or 22 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And that’s ok. But you want to know what will make it even more ok?
Joss Whedon recently took the time to describe how a battle between Natasha Romanoff from The Avengers, also known as the Black Widow and played by Scarlett Johansson in the movie, and Buffy would do down:
Buffy would go easy at first, but as soon as Natasha popped her with a Widow Sting, she’d start bringing some slayer brawn to the fray. Natasha’s fast, but a couple of good connects and she’s wobbling, possibly something broken — she whips out her glock and now Buffy’s dodging — right where Natasha wants her. Natasha shoots the cable holding the steel barrels and they tumble onto Buffy, nearly burying her — Buffy just arcs out of the way, grabbing the splintered cable and swinging directly onto Natasha, a bullet grazing her cheek as her feet land hard on the Russian’s shoulders, sending her back flat — crack! — on the floor, Buffy wrenching the gun away and tossing it, fist ready for the final strike. Natasha, struggling to stay conscious, says the fight’s over. Buffy agrees, but Natasha explains: She poisoned Buffy hours ago. That waitress that brought her salad …? Natasha smiles. The poison is dormant — ’til it’s activated by adrenaline. Buffy’s eyes narrow. “Too bad I didn’t use any.” Wham! Natasha’s out for the count, and Buffy’s heading — slowly — to Willow for a mystical cleanse.
Now, I’m not remotely a comic book fan, nor am I any kind of excited about The Avengers, but you guys know that I’m a Buffy girl, through and through, and I don’t think you have to be a fan of both of these ladies to understand just how incredibly wonderful this is.
Who is looking forward to The Avengers? And, more importantly, I just got Netflix, so which Buffy episode should I show my boyfriend to get him completely hooked?
April 12, 2012 at 7:30 am by Emily
Good news, because there’s one on the way! The bad news? Joss Whedon will not be involved.
Warner Brothers went ahead and made the call that it’d be ok for them to make another Buffy the Vampire Slayer film – not a remake, mind you, they’re making it clear that “this is not your high school Buffy” – without Whedon or any of the original creative team. They also thought that’d it be ok to instead hire a screenwriter who pitched the idea because “she loved Buffy when she was the same age as the character,” which I feel like translates to “she wrote some fan fiction that got some pretty decent reviews on Livejournal and went ahead and took the next step.” And legally, that is ok. But spiritually, it is so, so far away from anything near ok. It’s so far away that the Inca Mummy Girl, who traveled great distances in both physical space and time, would be like “whaaat?”
And you know who had that same reaction? Joss Whedon. He wrote a letter to E! describing his feelings, and if you’re a fan, you should just go ahead and read the whole thing, but suffice it to say that he is charmingly and hilariously uncomfortable with the whole thing.
Oh, and just in case you were looking for the nail in Buffy’s coffin (not that she couldn’t fight her way out. Remember season six? So intense), none of the cast from the TV show are involved. Basically, this movie is going to take all the love and dedication that Joss Whedon has constructed into pure magic and drive a stake right through it.
Commiserating goes in the comments.