Director Joss Whedon explains why he quit Twitter shortly after “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opened in theaters.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News , he explained the reason why he stopped using the social media platform.
“The real issue is me,” he said.
“Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it’s there, I gotta check it.
When you keep doing something after it stops giving you pleasure, that’s kind of rock bottom for an addict.
I just had a little moment of clarity where I’m like, You know what? If I want to get stuff done, I need to not constantly hit this thing for a news item or a joke or some praise, and then be suddenly sad when there’s hate and then hate and then hate.” Since the movie’s release, Black Widow’s storyline has become a hot topic among feminist groups.
As a result, Whedon has been attacked by what he calls “militant feminists.” He, however, explained that the attacks had nothing to do with his decision: “Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter,” Whedon said.
“That’s something I’m used to.
Every breed of feminism is attacking every other breed, and every subsection of liberalism is always busy attacking another subsection of liberalism, because god forbid they should all band together and actually fight for the cause.” He went on to explain that the criticisms did not influence his Twitter exit, and that he decided to do so to “reclaim his personal life.” “I just though, wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place,” he said.
“And this is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life,” adding “It’s like taking a bar exam at Coachella.” “Age of Ultron” will be Whedon’s last “Avengers” film before handing the series to “Captain America: Civil War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is currently in theaters.
“Avengers: Infinity War – Part I” releases on May 4, 2018; “Infinity War – Part II” arrives on May 3, 2019.