“Joss has a history of being cruel.”
Several Buffy the Vampire Slayers stars took to social media to speak out about the ‘casually cruel behaviour’ of creator Joss Whedon while working on set. Yesterday, on-screen heroine, Sarah Michelle Gellar posted the following on Instagram:
Her statement was met with support from fellow actor Michelle Trachtenberg who played Gellar’s on-screen sister Dawn Summers.
In direct response to Gellar’s post Trachtenberg said:
“Thank you @sarahmgellar for saying this. I am brave enough now as a 35 year old woman….To repost this. Because. This must. Be known. As a teenager. With his not appropriate behaviour….very. Not. Appropriate. So now. People know. What Joss. Did.”
Gellar’s comments were sparked by the allegations made by co-star Charisma Carpenter on Twitter.
The on-screen, high school mean girl, claims she suffered real-life abusive behaviour at the hands of Whedon stating:
“For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day.”
The actress who played Cordelia Chase on both Buffy and its spin-off Angel added:
“Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers.”
Carpenter also stated that during the months of her pregnancy the shows’ creator “callously” called her fat to colleagues and accused her of sabotaging the show before “unceremoniously” firing her after giving birth.
The Buffy and Angel star was moved to come forward in support of Justice League actor Ray Fisher over allegations he made in the summer against Whedon saying:
“I feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility to Ray and others for remaining private about my experience with Joss.”
Fisher accused Whedon (and others including producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg) of misconduct on the set of Justice League including discrimination and racism.
Using the hashtag #IStandWithRayFisher Carpenter stated:
“Last summer, when Ray Fisher publicly accused Joss of abusive and unprofessional behaviour towards the cast and crew during reshoots on the Justice League set in 2017, it gutted me. Joss has a history if being casually cruel. He has created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career. I know because I experienced it first-hand. Repeatedly”
Benson and Trachtenberg support Carpenter’s allegations against Joss Whedon
Buffy co-star Benson shared Carpenter’s sentiment posting the following it response:
“Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top. @AllCharisma 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. #IStandWithRayFisher #IStandWithCharismaCarpenter.”
In the long line of people to come forward was actress Clare Kramer – better known to Buffy fans as the villain Glory in season 5 – who wrote on Twitter:
“For what it’s worth, I believe and stand with @allcharisma, @ray8fisher, @amber_benson
According to Variety Whedon’s rep has declined to comment on Carpenter’s allegations and did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trachtenberg and Benson’s allegations.