Ray Fisher is breaking his silence after initially choosing not to speak out following the publication of “Justice League” director Joss Whedon’s new profile article in which he denies allegations of misconduct, most notably voiced by Fisher.
Fisher took to his Twitter page on Tuesday, Jan. 18, where he seemingly showed gratitude following Whedon’s New York Magazine feature. As previously covered at Atlanta Black Star, the 34-year-old actor, best known for portraying the superhero Cyborg in the DC Extended Universe media franchise, had accused the director of displaying “gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set of “Justice League.”
In the months that followed, more and more colleagues spoke out against Whedon, including “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot, according to People. The actress claimed the filmmaker threatened her career and “that if I do something, he will make sure my career is miserable and I took care of it on the spot.” Whedon denied those claims during his interview, citing that the Israeli-born actress may have misunderstood him because English isn’t her first language.
As for Fisher’s case, Whedon told reporters Cyborg’s dwindled appearance in the 2017 film was due to what he now blames on the storyline and the actor’s performance. “We’re talking about a malevolent force,” Whedon said of Fisher. “We’re talking about a bad actor in both senses.”
“Before I get started today, I want to thank you all for lifting and supporting EVERYONE that has been negatively affected by Joss Whedon,” Fisher wrote in response to the director’s remarks.”I was not the first to speak out about him, but I hope to be one of the last that has to.”
In another post, the Maryland native wrote, “Looks like Joss Whedon got to direct an endgame after all… Rather than address all of the lies and buffoonery today—I will be celebrating the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow the work continues. #MLKDay.
Elsewhere, he wrote, “Joss Whedon had nearly two years to get his story straight. He’s likely spent tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars on PR, crisis management, and coaching. And his response to the allegations is: ‘They all misunderstood and/or are out to get me—also my mom is sexy’ ???”
Fans applauded Fisher for his bravery to speak out against Whedon, including one fan who wrote, “The way you were ready to sacrifice your career to stop a powerful abuser makes you an important hero on your own right.”
That person added, “Not only did you take away his power that he used to abuse people, you helped bring some closure and peace to past victims and helped witnesses gain courage.”
Reporter James Eppler wrote, “Gaslighting defined: Joss Whedon saying he cut Ray Fisher’s scenes way down in “Justice League” because the story made no sense and his acting was bad … AFTER we’ve all seen the full cut.”
Still, Fisher told fans, “Please don’t put me on a pedestal.” The actor said he’s “made more mistakes and apologies in life than I can count.” He added, “Taking accountability for our actions, and how they may have affected others, can be some of the hardest work to do. But we must try, in earnest, to do it. A>E.”
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