Your Mean Tweets Didn’t Make Joss Whedon Quit Twitter

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Joss Whedon IRL. Photo: Mike Marsland/Getty Images

When Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account shortly after Avengers: Age of Ultron opened, fans like Patton Oswalt were quick to lay the blame on an army of online liberals and feminists who had supposedly harassed the director into leaving. Now, in an interview with BuzzFeed, Whedon calls that idea "horseshit." "Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on Twitter," he explained. "That’s something I’m used to." The real reason, he tells BuzzFeed, was his need to get back in the zone after Age of Ultron nearly killed him. As he recalled, "I just thought, Wait a minute, if I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place. And [Twitter] is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life … It’s like taking the bar exam at Coachella." Comparing his Twitter addiction to an addict who hit "rock bottom," Whedon says his life has become slightly richer ever since he quit and claims he's learning to "live like a person" again. Congrats, Joss! For more proof that being on Twitter makes it impossible to write anything good, please see here.