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Joss Whedon's Insidious Hidden Agenda Exposed

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | February 21, 2013 | Comments ()


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Listen, I'm with you. Whedon is a doll. As a writer and producer and director, he has provided me with countless hours of laughter and tears. He's produced volumes of quotable lines, beloved characters and gut-wrenching drama. But buried beneath all that affable sci-fi geekery is a much more insidious plot. Yup, something's rotten in the Whedonverse and we here at Pajiba are the only ones willing to speak out.
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Sure sure, on the surface Whedon and his lovely wife seem completely normal. Surprisingly normal for Hollywood. But look closer. Look real close. Do you see it? Not yet? Well you will. Let's start today's in-depth and academic exploration with a look at a popular character from one of Whedon's most beloved projects. This here is sort of a "Highlights" magazine exercise. Let's see how you do:

Evil Willow
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Good WIllow
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See the difference? Not yet? Let's break it down for you then:

Evil Willow Getting The Evil Willowyness Sucked Out Of Her By Xander's Oppressively Strong Friend Love
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Okay you're with me now, right? Here we go.

Most Beloved Character -- "Firefly": Your mileage may vary. Perhaps you're into perky mechanics or tight-panted captains. But I think if you poll the majority of the "Firefly" fanbase, this strawberry blonde will come out on top.
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The Only One Who Could Cure Him Of His Horribleness -- "Dr. Horrible"
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The Best Whedon Couple Ever-"Buffy"
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One Of A Select Few To Get The Better Of Our Hero -- "Firefly"
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One Of A Select Few To Get To Bed Our Hero -- "Firefly"
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The Best Thing She's Ever Done -- The Avengers
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This Character At Her Best -- "Buffy"
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This Character At Her Worst -- "Buffy"
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Our Hero -- Cabin In The Woods
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Our Favorite Minister of Grace -- "Angel" Okay FINE. It's just a trick of lighting. Lorne is a blondie. Though I, for one, think the red horns should count.
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According to Steven Lloyd Wilson, nearly every guest star on the first few seasons of "Angel" was a redhead. Since he's watched it more recently than I have, we'll have to take his word for it.
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Your Least Favorite Whedon Show Are there some highlights of this show? Sure. You know how I feel about Gjokai. But this is far and away the least popular Whedon effort. Not a ginger to be found. Coincidence? I think not.
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See what I'm ALLEGING is that for years and years now Joss has been pushing a creepy Ginger agenda on the general populace. And I'll be silent about it no longer. This, this here is my manifesto. Etch it on your heart lest you ever forget.
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  • te'Shara

    If Wash is a redhead most of the blondes I know are redheads... except they're not. Even by a stretch. :: Peers over at family of redheads in living room :: Yeah, no way.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    That's it. I've always wanted red hair damnit. Mexies don't really ever have red hair. Olive skinned people in general...no gingers. I'm gonna do it!
    It'll probably not of so well... Maybe a wig...

  • BlackRabbit

    Wow, there ARE a lot of redheads on his shows. I guess it's natural for them to play supernatural beings or folks with no soul. Type-casting!

  • googergieger

    I still hate Xander. He was just the worst kind of person. Like even when Spike wasn't turning into puppy Spike, Xander was still worse.

    Anyways, who else is doing their Angel marathon after finishing their Buffy marathon for the second time this year? Yeah. Apparently I am that gay.

  • Afferbeck

    Joss said that Xander is basically himself

  • JoannaRobinson

    Xander is the biggest douche canoe to ever paddle up Sunnydale creek. #kickhisass

  • If you prick us, do we not bleed?

  • Can't we just be done with them? Especially the males? Surely they are a genetic cul de sac. All I'ma sayin is it wouldn't be so difficult, quick and easy find a cliff or a trench and drop these sub-human half orang, fox males into them... At least then Joanna won't have to spend time and effort claiming Alan Tudyk is one of those day walkers.

  • Alyson McManus

    i am sorry but Oz and Willow are not the best couple in the whedonverse. They aren't even the best freakin Willow involved couple. Willow-Tara For Life

  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh you mean Tara MacLayzzzzzzzzzzz?

  • Alyson McManus

    haha nice :)

  • minxy

    What you really need to address is Chris Carter's ginger agenda.

  • Brandon

    Gingers are hot! Well, the women.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Kristen Connolly (she of Cabin In The Woods fame) popped up on "House Of Cards" as a blondie and it took me WAY too long to recognize her.

  • Embrace the redheaded agenda.

  • Can I just embrace a redhead instead? Any takers? Ladies? Anyone? Aw nuts.

  • Are ya cute?

  • I think I'm adorable. :-D

  • AudioSuede

    I legitimately did not understand the point you were making until the end of the article.

    I have a really hard time telling between blonde hair and red hair.

    Which is weird, because I'm 100% blonde. Like, white-blonde.

  • ...because I'm 100% blonde

    I do believe you provided your own clue. ;-P

  • Jay

    No gingers on Dollhouse? Fran Kranz, duh.

    FYI, it's not news to say that Whedon has a thing with putting red-headed alter egos into his shows (Oz, Wash, Topher all = Whedon putting himself in his shows).

  • zeekthegeek

    And the best episodes had Zack Ward AND Felicia Day.

  • TheOneAndOnlyCliche

    I thought only us gingers were in on this!

  • Anna von Beav

    Are we counting Jeremy Renner as a ginger, then? Because I'm watching Season 1, Episode 11 of Angel RIGHT NOW, and he looks pretty blonde to me.

    P.S. Josh Holloway. Episode 1.

  • lowercase_ryan

    season 4 is the bestttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt!!!!!1

  • I thought I was the only one who thought that. No longer alone!

  • Mrs. Julien

    And that's why Clairol Natural Instincts #22 "Cinnaberry" is my every day gesture of Whedon adoration.

    Plus my natural hair colour is super boring.

  • Malin

    I too have been dyeing my hair red since I was 15 because my natural colour is super boring. Now, having had Whedon's ginger agendy pointed out to me (and I've actually started going grey), I can never stop.

  • PerpetualIntern

    My husband's doppelganger is Alan Tudyk and I LOVE IT. GINGERS FOREVER.

  • Julia

    I'm convinced my ideal man looks and acts like Tudyk. It's weird, because that's not my usual type, but I embrace it. I am smitten.

  • Kala

    Tudyk is on my ever-growing list of Hot Ginger Men, so I'm right there with you.

  • He's incredibly cute in person, and flirty as hell, but in that adorable, quiet dry way. He used to come into the cafe that I worked in a few years ago.

  • My two favourite things: Whedon and redheads!

  • NateMan

    As a ginger and the father of a ginger I've awaited this day. Soon we will rise to our proper place as rulers of this world, and you will bow to us, all ye lowly brunettes and blonds and such.

    Also, I thought this article was going to be way more about his clear and obvious enjoyment of BDSM.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Wouldn't it be better if you bowed to us, though? So as to avoid the sunburns?

  • BWeaves

    "As a ginger and the father of a ginger I've awaited this day. Soon we
    will rise to our proper place as rulers of this world, and you will bow
    to us . . ."

    At least until the sun comes out, and you all burn to a crisp.

  • NateMan

    Puhlease. Why do you think we already invented sunblock? We've been planning this for generations.

  • Uriah_Creep

    We've been planning this for generations.

    So have we non-gingers. The vaccine is nearly ready...

  • Could this be why Fox never bothered to air the best episode of Dollhouse, Epitaph One? They didn't want to give in the ginger agenda? After all, it introduced two new ginger characters in key roles...

  • lowercase_ryan

    Gingers are fine, so long as they're on TV and not next door.

    Also: Lorne was such a great character.

    Also Also: Dollhouse failed cause they had the nerve to cut Fred all up. Fucking Tudyk man...

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Andy Hallett was one of the few actors that I wept over when I heard of his death.

  • Candee

    Dollhouse could have been SO much moooore. I don't mind Dushku...but she should not have been lead. I think this is when I REALLY noticed Tudyk. He is amazing.

  • lowercase_ryan

    It was a good premise but the leads weren't strong enough I think.

  • TheReinaG

    Dollhouse's biggest problem was that they cast Eliza Dushku, she of the 'stand here and look pretty but wooden' acting method, to be able to allegedly change characters every week. In the hands of a real actress it coulda been good.

  • Slash

    Um, Alan Tudyk was in "Dollhouse." He was kind of a major character, in terms of plot.

    Also, what's wrong with attractive redheads (even if they're fake red)?

    I speak as someone with a parent and two siblings who are redheads.

  • lowercase_ryan

    He was blonde when he was Alpha

  • Slash
  • JoannaRobinson

    Ryan you always save me the trouble of having to type. XO.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I have nothing better to do :)

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Even looking at photos of Tahmoh Penikett and seeing his dark brown hair, I'm convinced he's a redhead. He just LOOKS like a ginger to me.

  • He does have that white, white ginger skin...

  • BobbFrapples

    Ginger = Josstastic entertainment. I can live with this. :)

  • Red Rage

    Do not fear us. We are just like you, promise!

  • Clancys_Daddy

    Gosh I hope not, that would be so boring.

  • KatSings

    Hm...I was a brunette when I was submitted for Cabin in the Woods...then again, I was also submitted for the role that went to the tiny blonde, so that was never happening. Regardless, maybe my current auburn tresses will get me onto one of his projects. A GIRL CAN HOPE, DAMMIT!

  • I'm not sure if Whedon is the one leading the charge (though I'm willing to give him credit just because he's awesome). But I have noticed more redheads on tv and in pop culture in general. I love it. It's rare enough to have an exotic quality about it. And so many of them would be gorgeous with any color hair (Alyson Hannigan in particular). I say bring them all out of the woodworks.

  • Tinkerville

    B-b-b-b-but why, Joss? WHY!?

  • Zen

    Marty was my hero from that movie; a wise man mislabelled as a fool tends to be. Fran Kranz is almost enough to get me to watch Dollhouse, but that little wooden doll Dushku still manages to put me off. As for ScarJo, Match Point and The Prestige were solid films - at least, they were solid around her.

    But sure, equal rights for gingers and whatnot.

  • Sam McQueen

    As a ginger AND a Joss Whedon fan... I'll just smile :)

    Thank you Joss!

  • Guest

    Evil. Very evil.

  • Meggrs

    Fuck. Yes. Sinister ginger agenda? You go, Joss!

  • pcloadletter

    Gingenda?

  • lowercase_ryan

    Sinister Ginger is a great band name.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Or for an anime dominatrix.

  • lowercase_ryan

    even better

  • Either way, they're also left handed.

  • pajiba

    GINGEEEEEEERS. NO! (makes cross with fingers, holds it up in air, grimaces, waits for death)

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