Joss Whedon is a television and film writer. He wrote the "Toy Story" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer movies, as well as the TV shows "Buffy", "Angel", and "Firefly". I don't think "Angel" or "Firefly" or "Serenity" mean much to most people - I guarantee my friends and family have never even heard of these things - but for some reason they are a big deal to nerds.
If you haven't heard, now Joss has created an internet mini-movie called "Dr. Horrible's Sing a Long Blog". It stars Doogie Howser as Dr. Horrible, the "villain", Nathan Fillion - the Jason Bateman lookalike - as the "hero", and Felicia Day - who I personally discovered for a student film I did a long time ago - as "the girl". It's a light-hearted comedy/musical that puts a twist on the superhero thing by having the bad guy be the good guy and vice versa. That's it. It's light and fun and entertaining, nothing to make a big deal about.
But it is a big deal.
Anything that Whedon does now becomes some kind of a flash point for every nerd on the internet. But not just nerds. Also, feminists. Why? Well, I didn't realize this until very recently but Joss has become some kind of feminist hero because his stories often revolve around a heroic, well developed (and I don't mean her boobs) female character.
The hero of "Buffy" is an ass kicking vampire slayer. The hero of his upcoming series "Dollhouse" is ass kicking Eliza Dushku. And the list goes on. Feminists love the way this guy develops female characters and makes them three dimensional and interesting.
But now the feminists are pissed.
The girl in Dr. Horrible's Sing a Long blog is, gasp, not the hero! She's just a, gulp, regular girl! Oh no.
These so called feminists are in an uproar that this girl is only the love interest, and that she needs to be rescued by men, and that she wasn't important in her own right. Hmm, okay. But consider this:
Not every woman in every story can be an ass kicker. Some girls are like me, they're pussies. And also, the thing is a PARODY! The whole point of it is to tweak the conventions of the old fashioned superhero story. "The Girl" in this is making fun of "the girl" in a million other superhero stories, just as "the hero" and "the villain" are making fun of every hero and villain we've all seen a thousand times. It's a parody, dumbasses! The shit was on purpose.
Now, I consider myself a feminist, as feminism is defined as "a belief in equality of the sexes". I definitely believe in equality of the sexes. Heck, I believe in the equality of everyone...except for the elderly, they should be put in camps. But these feminists...by the same logic I should be pissed that the two male leads are made to look like buffoons. Oh man, Whedon isn't reppin' the brothas! He's making us all look like retards! The girl is smart and generous and good, and the guys are assholes. He's bringing the gender down.
Who fucking cares! It's a musical...on the internet...that's a parody! So let me just sum up by saying, Dr. Horrible is funny, "Buffy" the TV show and all monster of the week shows suck, and oh yeah, lighten up, bitches!