'Avengers' Director Whedon Goes On Anti-Capitalist Rant
So says the guy probably worth somewhere around a gajillion dollars and who likely made somewhere around a thousand times more money from "Avengers" than anyone on the crew.
But Whedon's obviously talking about socialism for, you know, other people:
“We are watching capitalism destroy itself right now,” [Whedon] told the audience.
He added that America is “turning into Tsarist Russia” and that “we’re creating a country of serfs.”
Whedon was raised on the Upper Westside neighborhood of Manhattan in the 1970s, an area associated with left-leaning intellectuals. He said he was raised by people who thought socialism was a ''beautiful concept."
Socialism remains a taboo word in American politics, as Republicans congressmen raise the specter of the Cold War. They refer to many Obama administration initatives as socialist, and the same goes for most laws that advocate increasing spending on social welfare programs. They also refer to the President as a socialist, though this and many of their other claims misuse the term.
This evidently frustrates Whedon, who traces this development to Ronald Reagan[.]
We have people trying to create structures and preserve the structures that will help the middle and working class, and people calling them socialists,” Whedon said. “It’s not Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal […] it’s some people with some sense of dignity and people who have gone off the reservation.”
Great idea. Let's start with Hollywood!
Good heavens, there are probably a hundred thousand people living in poverty around Los Angeles -- living on the streets, waiting tables, parking cars -- waiting and working and hoping for a taste of the success Joss Whedon's enjoyed. You know, the people Whedon is obviously referring to when he speaks of serfs.
I say, tear down those studio walls! Open those studio gates! Enough of Hollywood meritocracy! Spread the wealth!
It's time to produce screenplays written by nobodies and cast actors who aren't very good.
It's time to pay gaffers and production assistants and wardrobe and make-up personnel the same amount of money as, well, Joss Whedon makes!
Lead by example, Joss.
Show us the way.
Show us how it can work.
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