Book excerpt: "Fake Accounts" by Lauren Oyler
In Lauren Oyler's acclaimed comic novel, "Fake Accounts" (Catapult Books), a woman discovers her boyfriend's online persona of anonymous conspiracy theorist, and responds by creating fake online identities of her own. "The only thing more pathetic than being Marion Hawthorne," Marion begins, in her taunting nasal singsong, "is wanting to be Marion Hawthorne." "This is my private notebook," I told her. Soon after, my mother received a call from Kayla's mother, saying that Kayla had read my abandoned private notebook and was crying. Excerpted from "Fake Accounts," copyright © 2021 by Lauren Oyler, reprinted with permission of Catapult Books.cbsnews.com
"Buffy" actresses come forward with accusations of abuse against Joss Whedon
Prominent television and film maker Joss Whedon has been accused of abuse from actresses who worked with him on the set of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Representatives for Whedon didn't immediately respond to a request from CBS News on Friday. Actress Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase, was the first person from the show to bring forward the allegations. Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy's younger sister in the series, also leveled accusations against Whedon, saying he did not display "appropriate behavior" around her as a teenager. While quoting Carpenter's accusations on Twitter, Amber Benson called the set of Buffy a "toxic environment and it starts at the top."cbsnews.com
Film, TV maker Joss Whedon faces 'Buffy' actor abuse claims
Whedon, the prominent film and TV creator who faced a claim of abusive behavior on the set of Justice League, drew criticism Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, from actors who worked with him on Buffy the Vampire Slayer including Gellar and Carpenter. Whedon didnt immediately respond to a request for comment. “While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon,” Gellar wrote. The company said then that “remedial action” had been taken, but did not go into specifics. Last month his character Cyborg was removed from appearing in the upcoming “Flash” film, which Carpenter said was the last straw for her.
Charisma Carpenter says Joss Whedon created toxic environment on sets of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Angel’
Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, said that creator Joss Whedon “abused his power” on the sets of both shows. Carpenter played Cordelia on three seasons of Buffy and four seasons of Angel. She said that, “Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top. Actor Ray Fisher said Whedon was “abusive” on the set of the 2017 film Justice League. READ: Actor says ‘Justice League’ director Whedon was ‘abusive’“Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable,” Fisher tweeted in July.