July 15, 2012

Avengers director blasts capitalism

Of course, it's damn terrific when the system makes him a sh**load of money. Otherwise, it's nasty:

Joss Whedon launched into a fervent political rant at Comic-Con on Friday in which he savaged modern capitalism and said America was turning into Tsarist Russia.

Whedon began the panel, “Dark Horse Comics,” by noting he had nothing prepared because he had been speaking all day, so he opened it up to questions from the start.

Toward the end of the session, one woman noted the anti-corporate themes in many of his movies and asked him to give his economic philosophy in 30 seconds or less.

Whedon’s response?

“We are watching capitalism destroy itself right now,” he told the audience.

He added that America is “turning into Tsarist Russia” and that “we’re creating a country of serfs.”

Y'know, listening to ultra-hypocrite limousine liberals like Whedon (who was raised in the Upper Westside neighborhood of Manhattan and taught that socialism was a "beautiful concept") spout their cliche-ridden screeds has become so tiresome that it fails to raise hackles anymore. The inherent comedy in it all is delicious. Breitbart's John Nolte's response to Whedon is best:

Good heavens, there are probably a hundred thousand people living in poverty around Los Angeles -- living on the streets, waiting tables, parking cars -- waiting and working and hoping for a taste of the success Joss Whedon's enjoyed. You know, the people Whedon is obviously referring to when he speaks of serfs.

I say, tear down those studio walls! Open those studio gates! Enough of Hollywood meritocracy! Spread the wealth!

It's time to produce screenplays written by nobodies and cast actors who aren't very good.

It's time to pay gaffers and production assistants and wardrobe and make-up personnel the same amount of money as, well, Joss Whedon makes!

Lead by example, Joss.

Show us the way.

Show us how it can work.

A hearty amen.

Posted by Hube at July 15, 2012 10:59 AM | TrackBack

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Yeah, I used to love Whedon until I realized that all the stuff I hated about his work was a deliberate expression of his ethos. For instance the reason there are no good supernatural entities in the Buffyverse is because Whedon is an hardcore athiest.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at July 15, 2012 07:34 PM

Actually I think he's right but not for the reasons he thinks he is. We are becoming like Tsarist Russia in that we're creating an overclass and an underclass and gutting the middle. The overclass has so much money they can avoid all the taxation by moving it offshore and changing their investments etc. The underclass is kept hobbled by regulation and barriers to entry that prevent upward mobility. Lastly we have a government that creates positions that we literally call "Czar". Like the Auto bailout Czar, the Drug Czar etc. Unelected powerful government officials with little accountability.

Posted by: Duffy at July 17, 2012 10:24 AM