As I always seem to do these days, I'm gonna jump off of a post made on Jason's blog, this one about that terrifically awful, Joss Whedon-scripted, line in X-Men. You know the one, about what happens to toads when they get electrocuted.
Anyway, that led to a link to an old A.V. Club interview with Joss that I know I read back in the day, wherein he waxes bitchtastic about old scriptwriting wounds, on everything from the original Buffy movie to his doctoring jobs on Waterworld and X-Men. Now, hard as it may be to believe given how many times I've knocked him on this blog, I really love Joss and (the lion's share of) his output. I don't even mind him doing an interview and bitching about Donald Sutherland and Halle Berry and Kevin Costner and what hash was made of his precious Waterworld script or whatever. Honestly. I love reading about it, so it'd be damn hypocritical of me to wag a finger at it.
My question is this: why did/does Joss get such a pass for his (consistent) bitching about behind-the-scenes ineptitude, and yet Katherine Heigl is currently getting such shit for it?
I'm honestly curious to know. Is it because Joss's work is more highly regarded? That would make some sense to me -- I'm a believer in double-standards for people who've earned them. But is that the reason for the disparate reactions? Is it really sexism, where we STILL in 2008 can't stomach a mouthy broad? Or is it that Buffy's fans were loyal geeks while Grey's viewers are bitter cat ladies who conflate soap actors with their characters and hate pretty blonde girls?
I'm curious, is all!