I'd actually decided not to read this Joss Whedon article; I'm not super interested in a piece that layers bullshit retcons of his behavior with flaky pastry and tender rabbit. I'm not in the market for some kind of artisinal rehabilitation. But… it's not that. It's something that is, in fact, truly revelatory. It's a confession, lurid and ornate; it's the last ten minutes of a procedural where the villain can't help himself anymore. He has to make absolutely certain that you know just how smart he is.
There is almost too much to summarize, and even if you did try and remove some of the overall volume to concentrate it, you'd miss the weird texture that persists throughout. It's honestly something you should read for yourself, because the little thorns and barbs that have been projected all over in people's takes aren't the thing in its entirety. This particular part has been doing work online, and it should:
“I feel fucking terrible about [all the sex I had with my employees, journalists, and fans while I was married],” he said. When I pressed him on why, he noted “it messes up the power dynamic,” but he didn’t expand on that thought. Instead, he quickly added that he had felt he “had” to sleep with them, that he was “powerless” to resist. I laughed. “I’m not actually joking,” he said. He had been surrounded by beautiful young women — the sort of women who had ignored him when he was younger — and he feared if he didn’t have sex with them, he would “always regret it.”
That… is not a good enough reason. Did some kind of fucking statute of limitations just pass or something? This is a legitimately revolting person who fashioned a malevolent lure out of a studied, systematic feminist performance - one that protected him from criticism like a magical ward for years. That "messed up" power dynamic, Guy Who Made The Show Dollhouse, is the part you like.
Now that the post is done, I'm gonna jump into the stream for some Storybook Brawl with Dabe. We still have a few codes for Fairy Dust, enough in each code to get a new character, and we'll be throwing down with the chat later in the afternoon so stop by if you want to test our mettle.