Joss Whedon Hates Weird Science

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That Buffy episode where Warren makes a robot girlfriend, who then goes berzerk? "I Was Made To Love You?" Turns out it's Joss Whedon's way of critiquing Weird Science, a movie he loathes. That's just one of the insights that Joss dropped in a discussion with group of L.A. geeks for the GeeksOn podcast. He also revealed some new details about his upcoming projects.

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The GeeksOn podcast was devoted to artificial intelligence, and when the subject of Kelly LeBrock's Weird Science came up, Joss got intense:

I hate Weird Science not a little. I find it offensive. The boy fantasy of building a girl. Obviously, we were doing the nasty version of it, because I find it grotesque.

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Joss says his new Eliza Dushku show Dollhouse is "very much about humanity and how much of it is programmed," not unlike that creepy robo-girlfriend. Also in the pipeline: A movie he cowrote with Drew Goddard, which may be more bankable now that Goddard's Cloverfield is a big hit. And Joss has some "embryonic" projects to make money by putting content on the Internet. Finally, he's working on the Giant Size Astonishing X-Men annual, the end of his AXM run, and finishing up his Runaways run. But his Wonder Woman movie? Still dead.

Joss also mentioned that the metaphor of Winona Ryder, girl robot, changed his whole writing style, back when he wrote Alien: Resurrection:

That was a huge beginning for my whole career, when I had the metaphor for: "She's come back from the dead and has alien in her." And [Winona Ryder] is a robot. And to have this beautiful girl say, "Look at me I'm disgusting." I was like, "Oh my god, this robot is a metaphor for everybody who feels different." And [then I thought] "metaphors! Maybe I could do that again some time." I basically went from being a yarn-spinner to being a writer in that moment.

But of course Joss wasn't too happy with how Alien: Resurrection actually turned out on screen.

Joss is also very sad that X-fans didn't like his Astonishing X-Men storyline where the Danger Room becomes sentient, because he was trying to play with all sorts of clever themes of "cognitive dissonance" where we learn to sympathize with the exploited Danger Room AI. But the fans just wanted the X-men doing X-things. [Geeks On Podcast]

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The problem with Weird Science (and I was about 5 when it came out) is that the boys are essentially creating a new conscious lifeform to rape it.

Yes, rape. Don't shy away from the term, she can't consent and she's built only for their enjoyment.

Because they've created something conscious and self-aware and programmed it to serve them, parade around nude (I think she showers with them) and, if it wasn't a teeny film, sexually serve them. All this is done in a light-hearted way that never stops, even for a second, to consider the weightier issues.

"Oh, but it's just a comedy". So is "The Breakfast Club", another Hughes film that has alot more thought behind the humor. Hell, "Knocked Up" for all it's idiocy manages to address abortion and paternal rights. It's a disturbing movie to watch if you identify as a strong feminist (which I know Whedon does from his work with Equality Now) or as someone who knows anything about the extent of sexual exploitation.

Sorry to be utterly humorless about this, but joking around about sexual dehumanization is just not funny.