Hollywood Director Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame was the 8th highest donor to outside spending groups for the 2020 election cycle, according to Open Secrets. The only group he donated to was an extreme anti-gun super PAC.
Although his own films often involve gun violence, Whedon gave left-wing gun-control PAC One Vote At A Time $245,000 so far in 2019. The group described itself as “a team of female filmmakers dedicated to the eradication of gun violence.”
“We believe in a future free of gun violence is possible, but we know we have to fight for it. So, we deploy our skills to elect legislators at all levels of government,” the group’s website declared.
They claimed to have served 191 candidates in 2018.
In 2018, Open Secrets also listed Joss Whedon as One Vote At A Time’s highest donor. He gave more than $404,000 between January and September 2018.
Whedon’s opposition to guns is well documented, yet he directed or wrote some famous, popular films full of gun violence including Serenity (2005), The Avengers (2012) and The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Complex reported in 2016 that Whedon was in the process of developing a WWII horror movie. IMDB listed Whedon’s WWII project as “in development.” It’s difficult to imagine that project (if it materializes) won’t involve plenty of gun fighting.
In February 2018, Whedon tweeted, “The NRA’s media arm, NRATV, uses dangerous rhetoric to spread fear so people will buy more guns.”
He’s also lashed out at President Donald Trump about guns and other matters. Hollywood In Toto reported that Whedon tweeted at Trump in April 2018, “Donald trump is killing this country. Some of it quickly, some slowly, but he spoils and destroys everything he touches. He emboldens monsters, wielding guns, governmental power, or just smug doublespeak. Or Russia. My hate and sadness are exhausting. Die, Don. Just quietly die.” Later, the tweet was deleted.
When it comes to guns, Hollywood’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. The Washington Post reported on Jan. 11, 2017, “The amount of gun violence in the 30 top-grossing PG-13 movies now exceeds the gun violence in the top R-rated flicks. And it is continuing to rise.” That article specifically mentioned “superhero” movies including Whedon’s Avengers.
The Post also said gun violence in PG-13 movies tripled since the 1980s surpassing the gun violence in rated-R flicks.