Don’t defend Joss Whedon

Really, really don’t. Remember the old saying about where there’s smoke, there’s fire? Well, when you’re dealing with the Hellmouth, where there is even a faint whiff of sulfur, there is demonic deviancy. And the usual “hurr durr whores who don’t suicide their careers deserve the abuse” isn’t just stupid, it’s totally inapplicable to an underage girl of the sort that Dawn was on Buffy:

Trachtenberg’s original post read, “Thank you @sarahmgellar for saying this. I am brave enough now as a 35 year old woman….To repost this. Because. This must. Be known. As a teenager. With his not appropriate behavior….very. Not. Appropriate. So now. People know. What Joss. Did.” The caption was then revised to include the following addition: “The last. Comment I will make on this. Was. There was a rule. Saying. He’s not allowed in a room alone with Michelle again.” Born October 11, 1985, Trachtenberg appeared on Buffy between 2000-2003- which would put the actress between the ages of 14-15 when she first started filming the series.

Never, ever, trust a gamma of any age around a young woman. Sooner or later, they will gamma-creep on her. Guaranteed.