Joss Whedon made a Short Film.
Those words ought to be cause for grand cheering (and they are) but they’re also cause for me to write a little something more on The Quiet Place. You remember the last time we were here, two years ago. That wasn’t because of a Short Film but because he’d made the $250 Million -- grossed $1.5 Billion -- Avengers: Age Of Ultron and some people had issue with the way he treated its ladies. I only digress to that because it caused him to leave Twitter for a while. Then, in September, he returned to Social Media to release a round of Short Films about Voting (yes, against Trump, but mostly just, “Get out there and do it.”) These were, for the most part, cheered grandly and life seemed to move on (as well as it has given November). Then, just recently, some people felt he stepped into it again with a Tweet about Paul Ryan (this is the least Alt Right one I could find) and Another on Mother's Day (ditto). Much like the issue with Age Of Ultron, the fervor was bonfired by people that don’t know Whedon too well -- if at all -- and, well, mountains from molehills. Of Paul Ryan and his Mother, Whedon himself said, “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.” (And I only link to all this so you have full disclosure. I can’t rightfully support or condemn without acknowledging.) In any event, grand cheering or not, life moved on again.
To just this morning when Joss Whedon released his new Short Film, this time in support of Planned Parenthood. It’s beautiful and poignant and heartbreaking and hopeful -- and, PS, has no Dialogue -- and is the kind of thing we expect from him while still being
Well, a lot of people. More significantly, there are a lot of shits to give.
So why do I care what Joss Whedon has to say? Because, once again, he came out of The Quiet Place. After Ultron and his Save The Day Campaign and the recent Twitter hits -- and, yes, with, still, a career and wife and children to consider -- he came out at all. Full disclosure again, I am a fan and have worked with him. But none of that matters as much as the dude doesn’t need to say anything but still does. He doesn’t need to make Short Films about Voting (on his own time, on his own dime) but he did. He doesn’t need to make a Short Film about Planned Parenthood (ditto) but he did. More significantly than “he can,” he knows he’s going to get flack for it and does it anyway. You and I post something on Facebook? We start a hundred(s)-person chit-chat. Joss Whedon posts something and -- they like it -- his (“nearing a deal”) upcoming Batgirl gets a boost at the box office. They don’t like it? Warner Bros gets death threats (and, worse than that, Batgirl doesn’t do as well at the box office). He knows this, is fully steeped in the consequences (not to mention, probably, berated by his PR People for doing it) yet, still, there he is. And not quietly at all. For me, I'm grateful there are still Celebrities using their stages -- and time and money -- to say such things; to do something about their causes. Doesn’t matter if you agree. Joss Whedon says it because he needs to. And -- as I was driving into work this morning I thought -- that’s something to cheer.