Avengers Director Joss Whedon has been an outspoken opponent of Donald Trump’s presidency from the start, tweeting in November that Trump could not be allowed to take office and calling Trump voters “uncaring” and “obnoxious” in a February interview. Thursday Whedon tweeted a mockery of a photo of House Speaker Paul Ryan meeting a group of young women implying that these women were part of a “White House Wife Hunt.”
Tonight on White House Wife Hunt, Donny makes host P. Ryan give 2 more contestants the "Not a 10" card pic.twitter.com/r6pafzUZkN— Joss Whedon (@joss) April 27, 2017
“Tonight on White House Wife Hunt, Donny makes host P. Ryan give 2 more contestants the "Not a 10" card,” Whedon quipped.
There’s just one problem with that: the young women were in fact a group of Wisconsin teens meeting with the Speaker to discuss their fight against childhood cancer.
Advocacy is not limited to adults. These Wisconsin teens shared some powerful stories with me about their fight against childhood cancer. pic.twitter.com/VJ0eQDXu7U— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 27, 2017
Many on Twitter called Whedon out for joking about how cancer survivors were “Not a 10.”
So Joss Whedon's kind of a massive douchebag, huh? pic.twitter.com/WN3mtGp7Xn— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) April 27, 2017
Joss Whedon, director of the Avengers movies, mocking childhood cancer survivors pic.twitter.com/K3trGI149K— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) April 27, 2017
Update: Whedon removed the tweet late Thursday night and tweeted the following apology:
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.— Joss Whedon (@joss) April 28, 2017