Liberal director Joss Whedon on Monday mocked the 62 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump as “uncaring and obnoxious.” In an interview with the website Good, the filmmaker spat, “We have a mass movement going on. It just needs to prove it's stronger than 60 million very misinformed voters who are not afraid to be uncaring and obnoxious.”
The director of The Avengers and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer recounted how he got through Hillary Clinton’s loss: “The only way I survived the first couple of days after election was by changing the narrative in my head to: ‘This was always going to happen. This is the story of America. And it's a horror movie. And it's a tragedy.’
In mid-November, the celebrity was in denial, saying that “Trump cannot be allowed to take office.”
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Responding to those who don’t like being lectured by millionaire liberals, Whedon explained that he simply has to attack Republicans:
If you have a forum, you speak out. It’s as simple as that. Does it always help? No, but sometimes what's important is the simple act of someone speaking. Will there be a backlash? Always. But not speaking out is the Good German. You cannot ignore what is happening right now. I mean, I don't want to talk about politics. It affects way people view my work, in a very terrible way. I wouldn't do it if the situation weren't dire.
The director also justified scaring his children:
I don’t have much of a ‘the world is not going to end’ game face. I remember going off in the car about death and disaster and environmental collapse and my daughter was like, ‘Dad, I’m 8!’ Sorry honey.
In January, Whedon appeared to call Ivanka Trump a dog. The director later asserted he had been misunderstood.