Joss Whedon Takes Heat After Seemingly Comparing Ivanka Trump To A Dog
A quick look at his Twitter account paints the portrait of a man who, like millions of others, is horrified by the president and his teams behavior and the policies hes rolled out in his first week in office.
Whedon is justifiably angry, but not all his anger is being directed in best place. On Tuesday, Whedon tweeted a photo of Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom he called Voldemort in training, and then seemingly compared Kushners wife,Ivanka Trump, to a dog specifically, a Pekingese.
Or did he? While many read the tweet as a dig at Ivanka, theres also a large cohort of people who believe he was actually comparing Donald Trump to a Pekingese. (Its a lap dog after all).
When The Huffington Post reached out to Whedons agent in an attempt to clarify his tweet, he said the director typically does not comment on his social media posts.
But regardless of who Whedon actually meant to insult, the tweet didnt accomplish much except putting him on the receiving end of backlash.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the tweet set off a firestorm of responses from irate people,including one Twitter user who responded, Wow calling his wife a dog? I guess its OK to demean women as long as you dont like them or their husbands, eh?
Meanwhile, another Twitter user shot back, This from the man who prides himself on being such a great feminist. Unreal. I guess just liberal women. Typical.
To be clear, people shouldnt feel as though Ivanka Trump must be shielded from criticism shes is a public figure who could likely have an office in the White Houseand an influence on her father but comparing her to a dog accomplishes nothing positive.
Comments like Whedons, andChelsea Handlers recent quip that she has no interest in interviewing first lady Melania Trump because she can barely speak English, are ultimately a disservice.
If Whedon wanted to call Ivanka out, there are so many better ways of doing it than comparing her to a type of dog starting with the fact that shes positioned herself throughout her fathers campaign as an advocate for womenwhile supporting what is quickly becoming one of the most anti-women administrations in U.S. history.
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