Eliza Dushku has joined other cast members of Buffy the Vampire Slayer speaking out against Joss Whedon in response to Charisma Carpenter’s post.
As the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues to share perspectives on her experiences working with showrunner Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku has posted a public message in support of Charisma Carpenter, whose post on Twitter was the original catalyst for the controversy.
Dushku, who had a recurring role on the show as Slayer Faith Lehane, posted a text image to her. Instagram to reply to Carpenter. “CC, my heart aches for you and I am so sorry that you held this back for so long,” she wrote. “Your post was shocking, painful, and painted a picture that collectively we will never stop seeing or be unaware of. Thank you. I didn’t know and I won’t forget.”
Whedon has recently faced many allegations of misconduct and abuse during film and television productions, beginning with claims of League of Justice star Ray Fisher which led to a WarnerMedia investigation. This was followed by Charisma Carpenter’s public statement alleging that Whedon’s inappropriate behavior had started much earlier in his career, citing her experience working with him on Buffy the Vampire Slayer Y Angel. Carpenter has since been endorsed by fellow Buffy alumni Amber Benson, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Although Dushku’s character, Faith, appeared only in a limited number of episodes ranging from BuffyFrom the third to the final season, she was a fan favorite and crossed several arcs in the spin-off Angel. The relationship that Dushku herself had with Whedon appears to have been healthy, leading to another collaboration on her show. Doll’s House, which he starred in in its two seasons.
Rather than discuss his own story with Whedon, Dushku used his Instagram post to encourage Carpenter and condemn misconduct in show business. “Neglecting to ‘name’ the epidemic of abuse of power / gender / sexual / racial in the entertainment industry (and for that matter in society in general) empowers abusers and only emboldens and strengthens abusive systems.”
Dushku continued to praise Carpenter for making his statement despite the fears he admitted to having: “May you and many others feel the solidarity and connection that you have probably lost for too long. From courage, come change and hope. Begin and it will end thanks to brave people who speak the truth like you. I admire, respect and love you “.
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