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Patton Oswalt: 'Progressive Tea Party' Drove Whedon From Twitter

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 05:50 PM

Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt called out critics of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" director Joss Whedon, calling them the liberal equivalent of the tea party for threatening him on Twitter for his portrayal of female character Black Widow.

Whedon quit Twitter unexpectedly on Monday without explanation.


Oswalt, who currently appears in HBO's "Veep," often takes to Twitter as a "first responder" in the culture wars, Mediaite noted. He has faced controversy over his own tweets and has enjoyed trolling conservatives.

Whedon has been praised in the past for his portrayal of strong female characters, but the current "Avengers" offering drew critics who said Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, was essentially reduced to a love interest.

"Anyone seeing 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' will tell you Black Widow's role wasn't confined solely to that of a romanticizing female, but many still took issue with her portrayal," Ian Phillips wrote on Business Insider.

Some critical fans still took issue with the threats of violence against Whedon.


Whedon's final tweet read, "Thank you to all the people who've been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here."

He has quit Twitter before, citing its addictive nature and power to waste his time, and it is not clear that Monday's action to close his account has anything to do with the criticism or threats against him.

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Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt called out critics of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" director Joss Whedon, calling them the liberal equivalent of the tea party for threatening him on Twitter for his portrayal of female character Black Widow.
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