I'm late on this, and some of you who visits Whedonesque.com would have read this already. But I feel a need to post this impassioned speech by Joss Whedon, on the stoning to death of 17 year old Dua Khalil - broadcasted on CNN, and how the world we live in allows this to happen.
Go read what he has to say, because the world still allows itself to believe that 50% of its population is weak, is inferior, is deserving of less than humane treatment:
You may hear nothing new here. You may be way ahead of me. But I can’t contain my despair, for Dua Khalil, for humanity, for the world we’re shaping. Those of you who have followed the link I set up know that it doesn’t bring you to a video of a murder. It brings you to a place of sanity, of people who have never stopped asking the question of what is wrong with this world and have set about trying to change the answer. Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person. It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself. I’ve always had a bent towards apocalyptic fiction, and I’m beginning to understand why. I look and I see the earth in flames. Her face was nothing but red.
This is not about being a feminist - it is about staying human. How can any society that would beat down its mothers, its sisters, its wives and daughters lay claim to civilisation or humanity?
Dorothy Surrenders points out the parallel between Joss Whedon's speech and what he wrote for the episode "Chosen" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In the episode (Youtube link below), Buffy made her final battle speech to all the slayer potentials and her friends. It is a call to empowerment, to bring the fight to the Hellmouth, and this is what makes the difference between a hero and a Champion.
Buffy: I hate this. I hate being here. I hate that you have to be here. I hate that there is evil. That I was chosen to fight. I wish a whole lot of the time I hadn't been. I know a lot of you wish I hadn't been either. This isn't about wishes. This is about choices. I believe we can beat this evil. Not when it comes. Not when its army is ready. Now.
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