Stars from Buffy the Vampire Slayer band together against Joss Whedon's abuse, racism, and misogyny.
"So here's the part where you make a choice. What if you could have that power, now? In every generation, one Slayer is born, because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. So I say we change the rule. I say my power... should be our power. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer, will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power, can stand up, will stand up. Slayers... every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?" -Buffy Summers
For years, we've been hearing about Joss Whedon's "big bad" behavior. Last year, he was racist and abusive toward a young actor named Ray Fisher. On Wednesday, we learned about more of Whedon's victims.
Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on the show, revealed to the world that she was a victim of his abuse and misogyny. She wrote a heartbreaking statement about what she endured, and it is devastating.
First off, that asshole Joss Whedon blatantly asked Charisma if she was going to "keep her baby," which is something you never fucking ask! How disgusting! He also called her "fat" throughout the entire pregnancy. Joss refused to listen to her doctor's orders about shortening her work hours. The stress of everything caused her to have Braxton Hicks contractions at 6 months pregnant! Joss didn't give a shit. He even fired her after she had her baby! Her religious beliefs were disrespected, and she is still suffering the physical aftermath of his egregious behavior (she has a chronic condition because of the stress).
Charisma Carpenter wasn't the only victim. Ray Fisher endured horrific verbal abuse and racism from Joss Whedon. Ray Fisher acknowledged Charisma's story and said she was "courageous" for sharing her story, and we need to protect her.
âAmber Benson, who starred as Tara McClay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer also shared that she found the work environment with Joss to be toxic.
âMichelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy's kid sister Dawn on the show, recalls Joss Whedon not demonstrating appropriate behavior around her. Despite the fact that Trachtenberg was a veteran of TV and film at 15, she was still a very young girl.
Several cast members spoke out about what Charisma, Amber, Ray, and others went through.
Sarah Michelle Geller had this to say about the abuse:
Michelle Trachtenberg reposted Geller's Instagram post, with her own caption:
Anthony Stewart Head, who played Rupert Giles, spoke to reporters in England about what had happened. Anthony Head had no idea that it was going on, and he feels "gutted" upon learning of it now.
"I've been up most of the night just running through my memories, thinking, 'What did I miss? Because, and this is not a man saying: 'I didn't see it, so it didn't happen.' I am gutted, seriously gutted, because one of my memories, my fondest memory [from Buffy] is the fact it was so empowering. Not just in the words in the script, but the family feel of the show. I am really sad that if people went through these experiences â I was sort of like a father figure â I would hope that someone would come to me and say, 'I'm struggling, I've 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 are other posts subsequently that are making me think, 'How on earth did I not know this was going on?'"
The news has sent shockwaves throughout Buffyverse. We all knew Joss Whedon had a reputation for being a bit of a dick to people, but I had no fucking idea it was this bad.
I have been a Buffy and Angel superfan since Buffy debuted in 1997. I was a teenager, and I was inspired by the show's female empowerment message. I was enamored with the show. I even wrote fan fiction about the show for years. I was that big of a fan (I even gave Faith a spin-off series).
To hear what some of my favorite actors and actresses went through with Joss, it seriously shatters my soul.
Joss, you are a piece of shit. You are a gutless, racist, misogynistic, abusive coward. Shame on you!
As for Amber, Ray, Charisma, and everyone else, my heart is with you. Sending a lifetime supply of hugs to all of you!
Rebel girl, Rebel girl, you are the queen of my world!!
Last year, Rebel Wilson embarked on her Year of Health. She was determined to take control of her life, and she did. Wilson lost an incredible 60lbs in less than a year, and she is the epitome of inner and outer strength.
Rebel Wilson embarked on this journey to become healthier, and she did. While she looks good at any size, she has noticed people are now treating her differently.
"What’s been interesting is how people treat you. Sometimes being bigger, people didn’t necessarily look twice at you. Now that I’m in good shape, people offer to carry my groceries to the car and hold doors open for [me]."
She reached out to her fans and asked them if they experienced something similar, and many shared their experiences. I happened to be one of those who responded.
At my heaviest, I was 250/260ish pounds. I started gaining weight at 8 years old, and I reached the mid-200s when I was 16. Food was my everything, so I ate when I was happy, I ate when I was mad, and I ate when I was depressed. I would polish off 2 pounds of pasta, finish a box of Funny Bones for dessert, and down a 2 liter bottle of coke every night. I didn't workout, and I hated all veggies except corn. No one did nice things for me, such as hold the door open for me. When I got smaller, that's when I started getting attention. When I reached 138lbs, I got the most attention.
The funniest fucking thing about my journey, the asshat guys that made fun of me in HS, suddenly wanted to chat me up.
Even if I thought some of these dudes aged well through the years, I don't have any room in my life for fake ass people. I have people in my life who have treated me the same for 38 years. They've seen all of my good times, all of my bad times, and have never treated me differently. THOSE are the people I accept in my life.
Just because someone has slimmed down to a smaller honey, it doesn't make them more appealing than how they looked before. They may look different on the outside, but they are the same bad ass bitch on the inside. Be a decent and gentle human being to people, regardless of what size they are. Enough of the double standards!
Actress Evan Rachel Wood came forward and named the monster who abused her: her ex-fiance Marilyn Manson. Wood revealed the horrific abuse she went through during her relationship with Manson (they dated from 2007 to 2010, and became engaged in 2010. The pair called it quits in late 2010).
Here is what she posted to social media:
"The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the victims who will no longer be silent."
This isn't the first time she revealed that she was a victim of domestic violence. She came forward in 2016, but did not name her abuser.
In 2018, Wood disclosed that she was so traumatized by the abuse, that she would cut herself. In 2009, Manson told Spin Magazine that he had daily fantasies of smashing Evan Rachel Wood's skull with a sledgehammer.
Wood isn't the only ex of Manson who endured a horrific relationship with Manson. Many of his exes have come forward with abuse claims.
Wood recently received public support from Rose McGowan, who was engaged to Manson for 2 years.
Due to Wood's shocking reveal, Manson was dropped from his record label on February 1st. Manson did put out a statement, flat out denying the claims against him.
Of course he denied them. His mind is diseased and he thinks what he did was right. He thinks he did right by fantasizing about bashing her skull in. He thinks he did right by torturing Evan Rachel Wood for years, threatening her if she talked about what happened. Evan Rachel Wood did an extremely brave thing by talking about what happened. She will help so many victims of domestic abuse LEAVE their abuser, and put them in jail for a very long time.
What ISN'T necessary are the people dragging Evan for waiting so long to name her abuser. They are actually VICTIM-BLAMING her, saying that she could have saved so many women if she named Marilyn Manson years ago. They obviously didn't read her statement. She disclosed that she was threatened by Manson. Picture yourself in her shoes: the person who physically and sexually abused you for years threatens your life if you told anyone about what happened. You'd be scared to death! Evan decided to stop living in fear. She is now speaking out, and there is no ulterior motive. She wants to be free of her abuser, and she wants to move forward in life. She also wants to make sure that Manson does not harm anyone again.
("I bind you Marilyn Manson from doing harm. Harm against other people, and harm against yourself.")
All you naysayers need to take several seats, and do your research into domestic violence. I've seen it firsthand with family members, and I've been in mentally, emotionally, and spiritually abusive relationships myself. I was raped when I was 15, and molested twice before then. As a kid, I was heavily abused by my mom's boyfriends. I know how it all works. There is an immeasurable stronghold put on the victim, like they are under a spell cast by a demon. There is a fear of the abuser killing you, killing your children, killing your family members, friends, pets, co-workers etc. The abuser makes you believe that you're a POS, and that you can't make it without them. Unless you've been in this situation, you can't possibly BEGIN to understand.
Do your fucking research before you open your pie holes.
As for Marilyn Manson, he has always been a shady fucking character. Not just for how he dresses, but his lyrics and how he conducts himself in interviews. He's a pathetic and demonic mutant. I hope to God he is put away for a very long time.
Evan Rachel Wood, and Rose McGowan, thank you for standing up for sexual assault victims, and domestic violence victims.
In the words of Rose McGowan: Let the healing begin!