Joss Whedon says the latest “Jurassic World” clip is sexist!
In the most recent clip for “Jurassic World” Bryce Dallas Howard has a discussion with Chris Pratt about the morality of dinosaur genetic engineering. During that discussion we see the usual Pratt mannerisms composed of a little snarky wit and confidence. While some may brush this off as Chris Pratt being Chris Pratt, Director Joss Whedon feels that the exchange may have come off a little bit chauvinistic. Check out his latest Tweet below regarding the clip.
…and I'm too busy wishing this clip wasn't 70's era sexist. She's a stiff, he's a life-force – really? Still? https://t.co/qqts4jpSva
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) April 10, 2015
If there has ever been a male face for female equality it has to be Joss Whedon. Outside of his amazing work with The Avengers and his upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon has always been known to push “girl power” in his work. Being the creator of the popular series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” (one of my faves) Whedon created a hero that transcended the stereotypical submissive role of women and created a superhero that women could identify with. Outside of that project, he has always been an advocate for making women equals and steering away from the “damsel in distress” stereotype that so many films follow. He demonstrated this with other projects like “Firefly” and “Serenity” where the most powerful character was a young woman (River Tam) played by the iconic Summer Glau. Even in the “Avengers” films, Joss has made a point to show that Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is a powerful force that can hold her own on the male dominated team.
With the aforementioned scene from “Jurassic World,” the question that comes into play is, “Is this clip sexist or not?” While Joss Whedon may be an amazing advocate for women’s equality, many are wondering whether he is mistaking Chris Pratt’s notable “pelvic sorcery” (Guardians reference) for an act of chauvinism. While his character does seem a bit rude towards Howard’s character, the intention could have been to portray Pratt as this character that we’ve come to love from Guardians of the Galaxy. On the other hand, Joss Whedon may have uncovered a moment of apparent sexism that has been present in Hollywood culture for quite some time.