So reads the accusation lodged against the collective fandom of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER by the author of this linked article, an accusation to which I must respond thusly: Speak for yourself, dude!
I was a big fan of the show. And it wasn’t until recently that I heard anything about Whedon being such an ass. This isn’t a case of me living under a rock, either. I’m as Internet-literate as anybody. Moreso than a lot of people, as my job entails that I keep up with things genre- and pop-culture-related. I didn’t *ignore* any accusations; I wasn’t *aware* of any such accusations. They may have been out there, but they weren’t publicized like they have been of late. I would remember.
The only negative thing I’d previously heard about Whedon was when his soon-to-be ex-wife blasted him a few years back. While I didn’t dismiss what she was saying, let’s be honest, aggrieved ex-spouses are kinda expected to say bad things about their former partners, so it didn’t come as any surprise. Outside of this, I’d never heard (or read) a bad word about Whedon prior to Ray Fisher making his accusations about Whedon being abusive on the set of JUSTICE LEAGUE. Now it’s like the floodgates have opened. If, as it seems, and the writer of the linked article states, the allegations against Whedon are not new, have been going around for some time, why is it that some of us, those who don’t spend any time in chatrooms, never heard of them? It would seem that the genre media en masse was simply not listening back then; surely it was not reporting, not to the extent that it is now. For myself, as soon as I got whiff of these allegations, I started writing about them. No one can accuse me of purposefully staying silent on the issue. They could, perhaps, accuse me of being ill-informed, and I will plead guilty to that, but I never made any conscious or unconscious choice to be. I can’t really explain how it is that I managed to miss the Whedon abuse allegations before Ray Fisher named and shamed him. But I did. Readers may rest assured that, had I been aware of Whedon’s churlishness earlier, I would have started busting his chops a long time ago. I rather enjoy busting the chops of churlish types.