Back in April, Joss Whedon called out a clip from Jurassic World for being “’70s era sexist.”
“She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force — really? Still?” Whedon wrote of the scene, which features Chris Pratt aggressively teasing Bryce Dallas Howard about their first date. Whedon deleted his tweet soon after, and said later that he regretted sending it out.
“I shouldn’t have tweeted it,” he told Variety. “I don’t ever say things about other people’s work that are negative. That’s bad form. It’s not what a gentleman would do.”
But while Whedon is sorry for the comment, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow said there was some truth in what Whedon wrote.
“I wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him,” Trevorrow reportedly told Italian website Bad Taste. The director said he felt releasing the clip was an odd choice because of how specific it is to the film. “[Jurassic World] starts with characters that are almost archetypes, stereotypes that are deconstructed as the story progresses.”
Of those archetypes, Trevorrow explained in an interview with the New York Times that Howard’s character is a throwback to the leading actresses of the 1940s.
“We talked about getting rid of the heels, but Bryce insisted,” he said of Howard’s wardrobe. “It was about embracing the femininity of the character.”
The director didn’t discuss Whedon in that piece, but did say he found the online attacks on the Avengers director disconcerting.
“It was a level of vitriol and that disgusted and shocked me,” he said. ‘I don’t understand why the Internet has to be a bathroom wall.”