Joss Whedon Fan Site Pulls the Plug After Ex-Wife's Essay
Published Aug 21, 2017Popular Joss Whedon fan site Whedonesque has announced it is "closing down" in the wake of the director's ex-wife alleging he is a "hypocrite preaching feminist ideals."
The discussion board, which had been active for 15 years, served as a fan hub for all of Whedon's projects. While no explicit reason was given for the closure, site admin Caroline van Oosten de Boer told Enteraintment Weekly that she had "been toying with closing down the site for various reasons for the last five years or so."
"So farewell then. 15 years is a long time and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge," a post on the site reads. "But now it's time to say goodbye. No more threads after this one, we're closing down. The site will at some stage become a read only site."
Whedon drew the ire of fans over the weekend after his ex-wife, Kai Cole, published a guest blog for The Wrap that accused the Avengers director of having several affairs throughout their marriage and questioning his vocal, pro-feminist stance. The couple were married in 1995 and separated in 2012, only finalizing their divorce last year.
"Now that it is finally public, I want to let women know that he is not who he pretends to be," Cole wrote. "I want the people who worship him to know he is human, and the organizations giving him awards for his feminist work, to think twice in the future about honoring a man who does not practice what he preaches."
A spokesperson for Whedon told the Wrap, "While this account includes inaccuracies and misrepresentations which can be harmful to their family, Joss is not commenting, out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife."
Though the site may be shutting down, Whedonesque's Twitter account will remain active.