Look, y’all. Even when we’re “mad” at Joss Whedon — or any other cast member of The Avengers (except maybe Renner) — we’re not really mad. Perturbed, maybe. Annoyed? Gently horked? Befuddled? Maybe a little peeved. But mad? Or rage-y? Why? BECAUSE OF A MOVIE?
That’s silly, but on the Internet, we like to take silly, trivial things and turn them into GIANT NOSE MOLEHILLS where rats crawl up into our nostrils and explode with HULK RAGE.
I said AHEM.
Anyway, Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account yesterday. We didn’t think much of it; I just assumed that he got tired of dealing with Twitter being Twitter and killed it. However, many are suggesting that Twitter being Twitter might have been a lot more than Whedon wanted to deal with, and by that, I mean, people were making death threats and calling for his head because of plot points and VISION QUEST.
James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has asked, in turn, that those on Twitter please remain calm and kindly shut the fuck up and keep your stupid thoughts in your head, where they belong. However, he was much nicer about it, on Facebook:
My plea to all of you - and this is nothing new - is that we all try to be a little kinder, on the Internet and elsewhere. And, honestly, that includes being kind to the people who are tweeting this nonsense. I don’t believe you can tweet about wanting to find a movie director and “curbstomp” him and be a happy person. That person’s statement might make you a little angry - that makes me angry too. But thank God the circumstances of my life and your life didn’t lead us to being the person that has the need to anonymously tweet that to someone on the Internet. And, as much as we may want to respond with vitriol to these tweets, I think that just creates more insanity.
So, again, it’s easy to be outraged by these tweets. But whatever these angry tweeters are in need of, I don’t think it’s more anger and more rage thrown back at them on Twitter. I actually think that’s what they’re seeking. But what they need is something different. Compassion, maybe? A kind request for boundaries? I don’t know. Maybe you guys have some ideas.
And by the way - Yes, I know there are real issues at play here. But, again, I don’t think the way to affect change is through rage. That is just going to increase whatever divide you’re experiencing in the first place. I believe that there are a handful of truly evil, awful human beings out there. But the majority of us on all sides of an issue think we’re doing the right thing and are doing the best we can. If we assume that of each other, it makes life a lot easier.
You can read the post in its entirety right here, or you can just heed the man’s advice and stop being so dumb on the Twitters, which — I swear to God — is the worst thing to ever happen to the Internet. I mean, at least people don’t take YouTube commenters seriously because they are clearly missing sections of their brain. But Twitter with all your ALL CAPS and death/rape threats … it’s a little much. Let’s try and keep our threats in the misdemeanor range, OK?