More ‘Buffy’ Actors Show Solidarity Amidst Whedon Misconduct Accusations
Last week, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” star Charisma Carpenter showed support for “Justice League” actor Ray Fisher by detailing a lengthy list of accusations against “Buffy” showrunner Joss Whedon.
Since that time, other franchise cast and crew members have stepped forward to back Carpenter’s accusations, or show support for the 50-year-old actress and mother.
This includes Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), Anthony Stewart Head (Rupert Giles), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Amber Benson (Tara Maclay), Clare Kramer (Glory), James C. Cleary (Clem) and J. August Richards (Charles Gunn).
A full list of their statements can be seen here.
“Buffy” writer Marti Noxon and “Firefly” writer Jose Molina have also spoken out, with Noxon writing that she would “like to validate what the women of Buffy are saying and support them in telling their story.”
Although many fans have criticized several prominent cast members for not speaking up, especially Carpenter’s male co-stars, many have since taken the opportunity to speak out and stand in solidarity with the “Charmed” actress.
James Marsters, 58, who played the role of the vampire Spike, detailed his own uncomfortable with Joss Whedon last year, when he appeared on Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast “Inside of You.”
“And I remember [Whedon] backed me up against a wall one day, and he was just like, ‘I don’t care how popular you are, kid, you’re dead. You hear me? Dead. Dead!’,” Marsters recalled. “And I was just like, ‘Uh, you know, it’s your football, man. OK.’”
“While I will always be honored to have played the character of Spike, the Buffy set was not without challenges,” Marsters tweeted late last Friday. “I do not support abuse of any kind, and am heartbroken to learn of the experiences of some of the cast. I send my love and support to all involved.”
Many fans expressed outrage that David Boreanaz, 51, did not speak up immediately when the news broke. As the leading man of “Angel,” many felt it was appropriate for him to make a public declaration of support.
After suddenly wiping his Instagram page amidst the allegations, the “Bones” star reached out to Carpenter on Valentine’s Day, retweeting her initial post with the comment, “I am here for you to listen and support you. Proud of your strength.”
Carpenter responded soon after, writing, “I know you’re there for me, David. I appreciate all you’ve done to demonstrate that support privately as well. Especially since Wednesday. Thank you so much.”
Although it appeared that Boreanaz had privately addressed the controversy with Carpenter at the time of her initial posting, fans were pleased with his public statement, with one fan tweeting, “The fact that such a private person has spoken out in support of @AllCharisma speaks volumes. Bravo.”
Nicholas Brendon, 49, who played the role of teenager Xander Harris on the series, is serving three years of probation for attacking his girlfriend three years ago at a Palm Springs hotel. He recently broke his silence with an unusual public statement in a 25-minute Facebook video, where he asked for more time to collect his thoughts due to an upcoming surgery.
“My a—s is kinda paralyzed and so is my p—-s, which is weird,” the “Criminal Minds” actor divulged in graphic detail. “I gotta sit down to p—s because I don’t know if I’m sh—ting or p—sing.”
In another video, he addressed the allegations against Whedon specifically, saying, “I mean, were there transgressions? Yeah, there were. To me as well, you know what I mean? It’s like, I had my relationship with Joss as well. And I love him. You know, you take … I mean for me, I took the good, I took the bad … but that’s not everybody.
He continued, “I love and support [Charisma Carpenter] very much and I know that story, and it’s not a kind story. I know my relationship with Joss and it … there’s a lot of kindness. But also not, you know? So it’s kinda hard to give a statement when things are like that. It’s like, ‘Hey, make a statement. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s families.’ I don’t do that s–t.”
Still Without Public Comment
The former “American Pie” and “How I Met Your Mother” actress Alyson Hannigan has yet to make a public statement. Although it’s possible that she is supporting Carpenter quietly behind the scenes as Borenaz did, her silence is leaving fans divided.
“For anyone waiting/asking for Alyson Hannigan to speak out against JW, she won’t,” a fan tweeted. “She’s married to one of his best friends [Alexis Denisof] so unless she’s willing to ruin some part of her life, be it her marriage or her husband’s friendship, she isn’t going to say anything.”
Other fans suggested that Whedon “played favorites” on set, which may have resulted in preferential treatment. “She will speak when she’s ready,” a fan wrote. “From what I hear, Joss is a friend of hers & Alexis. She obv had a difference experience. Charisma was ready to speak out. Alyson is not.”
Other cast members who have yet to speak out are Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers, Buffy’s mother), Marc Blucas (Riley Finn, Buffy’s ex-boyfriend), and Seth Green (Daniel “Oz” Osbourne, Willow’s ex-boyfriend).
Joss Whedon has also yet to respond to the accusations.