When Michael Richards screamed the N-word at a black comedy club patron his career came screeching to a halt.
It never truly recovered.
“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Isaiah Washington’s career collapsed after he slammed a gay colleague as a “faggot” twice in public.
“After the incident at the Golden Globes, everything just fell apart,” he said. “I lost everything. I couldn’t afford to have an agent …I couldn’t afford to have a publicist …I couldn’t afford to continue.”
Mel Gibson’s well-publicized rant against Jews sent him into Hollywood purgatory. He only recently emerged with the Oscar-nominated “Hacksaw Ridge.”
What about Joss Whedon?
The talented mind behind “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and two “Avengers” hits has been a one-stop hate machine since Election Day. While many stars have been venting on social media about President Donald Trump, he’s gone a few steps further.
- Whedon Tweeted about wanting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to get [expletive] by a rhino to death.
- Whedon slammed Oscar winner Nicole Kidman for saying something gracious about the country’s new president by issuing a tweet that mocked her physical appearance.
- The director compared Ivanka Trump to a breed of dog.
- Whedon warned that, under the Trump administration, gay people would soon be rounded up and killed as is allegedly happening in Chechnya.
In a way, those hateful statements were the warm-up to this week’s main event. In a single Tweet Whedon not only mocked teen cancer patients he shamed their physical appearance.
Whedon turned the following Tweet from Speaker Ryan, featuring him talking to several young cancer survivors, into a ghastly joke.
Advocacy is not limited to adults. These Wisconsin teens shared some powerful stories with me about their fight against childhood cancer. pic.twitter.com/VJ0eQDXu7U
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 27, 2017
Tonight on White House wife hunt. Donny makes host P. Ryan give 2 more contestants the ‘Not a 10’ card — 4:50 pm April 27
Whedon left the Tweet up for several hours while shocked social media users, both liberal and conservative, blasted him.
— John Sexton (@verumserum) April 27, 2017
— Brooke Rogers (@bkerogers) April 27, 2017
The director eventually took the Tweet down and offered an apology that couldn’t be charitably be described as half-hearted.
So I tweeted something that inadvertently offended everyone except the people I was trying to offend. I’m sorry. I’ll be quiet for a bit.
— Joss Whedon (@joss) April 28, 2017
Remember, this is the same celebrity who admitted to being “broken” following Trump’s election.
One reason Whedon may get away with all of this is simple. He’s not just a liberal but one who actively fights against the GOP. His “Save the Day” videos rallied stars to shove flailing candidate Hillary Clinton over the finish line last year.
The media also is playing its part to protect Whedon.
By ignoring or downplaying his most outrageous statements. Most entertainment outlets ignored Whedon’s unhinged comments about Ryan. They did the same with his Trump prediction. Today, those very same news sources haven’t written about Whedon’s odious Trump targeting cancer-stricken teens. Yet.
To be fair to TheWrap.com, the organization had to save web space for this:
Give a dollop of credit to Buzzfeed for being one of the only non-conservative sites to report on Whedon’s cruel cancer tweet.
It’s hard for Hollywood to work up anger against one of its own if it doesn’t know what’s happening in the first place.
The irony here is that Whedon considers himself as woke as any celebrity. And he’s in talks to direct a “Batgirl” movie. Will audiences who know about his misogynistic Tweets scramble to see a Whedon “Batgirl?” Can Social Justice Warrior swallow Whedon’s serial attacks on famous women in order to see one of the rare superhero movies featuring a female lead?
Or will movie studios look at his record of success, swallow hard, and hope his future Twitter outbursts don’t derail the project.