Apparently the real energy sucking monster on the set of Buffy The Vampire Slayer was the once heralded writer/director Joss Whedon. At least that’s what actress Charisma Carpenter who played Cordelia Chase on Buffy and then Angel is saying.
Carpenter went into full detail about the toxic working environment Whedon created for the cast in a tweet below:
“Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working on the sets of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel,’” Carpenter writes in her statement posted on Twitter. “While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers. The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer. It is with a beating, heavy heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at times, destructively.”
According to Carpenter’s statement, Whedon “has a history of being casually cruel” and “created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career.” The actress adds, “I know because I experienced it first-hand. Repeatedly.”
Earlier in the statement, Carpenter describes some of Whedon’s misconduct on the sets of “Buffy” and “Angel.” The actress writes, “Like his ongoing, passive-aggressive threats to fire me, which wreak havoc on a young actor’s self esteem. And callously calling me ‘fat’ to my colleagues when I was [four] months pregnant, weighing 126 lbs. He was mean and biting, disparaging about others openly, and often played favorites, pitting people against one another to compete and vie for his attention and approval.”
Carpenter writes later on, “At six months pregnant, I was asked to report to work at 1:00am after my doctor recommended shortening my work hours. Due to long and physically demanding days and the emotional stress of having to defend my needs as a working pregnant woman, I began to experience Braxton Hicks contractions. It was clear to me the 1:00am call was retaliatory.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar issues her own statement following Carpenter’s social media post, writing, “While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to forever be associated with Joss Whedon. I am more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic currently, so I will not be making any further statements at this time. But I stand with all the survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out.”
Fellow “Buffy” co-star Michelle Trachtenberg posted on her Instagram story (via Variety): “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 behavior……What he did was very bad. But we win. By surviving!”
Whedon’s antics was exposed originally by actor Ray Fisher while on the set of Justice League. Fisher has been on a mission ever since to expose Whedon’s toxic behavior.
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