Charisma Carpenter Accuses Joss Whedon Of Abuse Of Power On ‘Buffy’

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Another actor comes ahead with accusations towards Buffy creator Joss Whedon

For manner too rattling lengthy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel creator/producer Joss Whedon has been beloved for creating so-called “feminist” tv-shows as a result of they characteristic daring and brash feminine leads. His exhibits are beloved, he’s amassed a geeky fandom, and he’s gone on to direct Marvel and DC superhero movies. But now some actors are lastly talking out about his “abusive” and emotional manipulation on set. Charisma Carpenter, who starred on each Buffy and Angel as fan-favorite character Cordelia Chase, penned a heartbreaking letter to Twitter detailing the verbal and emotional abuse that Whedon put her by means of on his units.

In a prolonged open-letter, Carpenter accused Whedon of abusing “his power on numerous occasions” and making a “hostile and toxic work environment.” She mentioned he consistently threatened to fireplace her, referred to as her “fat” when she was pregnant, requested her if she was “going to keep it,” and “then unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth.”

“Joss has a history of being casually cruel,” Carpenter wrote. “While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers.” She says the best way he handled her all these years triggered a “chronic physical condition” with which she nonetheless suffers.

“He was mean and biting, disparaging about others openly, and often played favorites, pitting people against one another to compete and vie for his attention and approval,” she added.

Using the hashtag, #IStandWithRayFisher, Carpenter is talking out now in solidarity with actor Ray Fisher who additionally lately accused Whedon of ‘abusive, unprofessional’ conduct on the Justice League set.

In a tweet, Fisher wrote that “Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.” This led to Warner Bros launching an inside investigation of Whedon’s conduct on-set, which apparently “concluded” in December and “remedial action” was taken, although it’s unclear what precisely or for whom.

Today, Fisher tweeted in assist of Carpenter’s assertion, writing, “Charisma Carpenter is one of the bravest people I know. I am forever grateful for her courage and for her lending her voice to the Justice League investigation. Read her truth. Share her truth. Protect her at all costs.”

Additionally, Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole wrote an op-ed for The Wrap in 2017 about how he cheated on her for many of their 20 12 months relationship, gaslighting and manipulating her for years. In her letter, she cautions followers to cease celebrating this a person as a feminist simply because he created some female-fronted TV exhibits you want. “Despite understanding, on some level, that what he was doing was wrong, he never conceded the hypocrisy of being out in the world preaching feminist ideals, while at the same time, taking away my right to make choices for my life and my body based on the truth. He deceived me for 15 years, so he could have everything he wanted,” she wrote (through The Wrap).

Other Buffy actors have come ahead to corroborate all these allegations. “Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top. [Carpenter] is speaking truth and I support her 100%. There was a lot of damage done during that time and many of us are still processing it twenty plus years later,” Amber Benson, who performed Tara Maclay on Buffy .

Throughout all these allegations, many have questioned what Sarah Michelle Gellar, Whedon’s longtime muse, has to say and on February 10, 2021, after Carpenter broke her silence, Gellar wrote on social: “While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon.”

“I stand with all survivors of abuse,” Gellar proceed. “And am proud of them for speaking out.”

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