Earlier, actor Ray Fisher’s statements regarding his accusations against director Joss Wheldon were taken down by Forbes in a manner to put in balance and fairness to the “story”.
What happened at Forbes’s interview?
The issue started on 29th October when Ray Fisher claimed in an interview with Forbes that Whedon had transformed one of the cast member’s skin tones before the production work. During the Forbes interview, the actor Fisher quoted director Wheldon that ‘What set my soul on fire and forced me to speak out about Joss Whedon is, this summer was my coming to be informed that Joss had ordered that the complexion of an actor of color be changed in post-production because he didn’t like the color of their skin tone, man, with everything 2020’s been, that was the tipping point for me(which was deleted recently by the officials).’
On the other hand, Whedon’s representative spoke out in acknowledgment of Fisher’s statements regarding his client explaining that ‘The individual who offered this statement acknowledged that this was just something that he had heard from someone else and accepted as truth, when in fact simple research would prove that it was false.’ He inferred that Wheldon is the victim ‘As it is standard on almost every film, there were numerous people involved with mixing the final product, including the editor, special effects person, composer, etc. with the senior colorist responsible for the ultimate edition’s tone, colors, and mood.’ He also added, “This process was further complicated on this project by the fact that Zack shot on film, while Joss shot on digital, which required the team, led by the same senior colorist who has worked on previous films for Zack, to reconcile the two.” Therefore ended by blaming the actor for wrongly indicting an innocent.
The reason behind Forbes’s neglect of Fisher’s quote!
As per the testimonies of Forbes’s chief communications officer Matthew Hutchison on Friday regarding the elimination of Fisher’s statement against Wheldon stated: “The contributor’s story( Fisher’s story) captured a discussion that has been in the public sphere for some time, the post was updated to add comments from Warner Bros. and Joss Whedon and a quote was eliminated to add balance and fairness to the issue. This story has been updated from its original version, including the wording of the original headline. Statements have been added from Warner Bros. and representatives for Joss Whedon.” Meanwhile, in the original Forbes article, it was noted that Whedon had directed shoots again and again thereby making the movie change completely after he took over directorial assignments from Zack Snyder following a demise in Snyder’s family.
Who is telling the truth?
The issue went out of the league when Forbes’ statement claimed that Whedon also cut out and strictly lessened the roles of actors of color in the movie “Justice League, like the role of Ryan Choi, played by Zheng Kai, was cut. Joe Morton, who played Cyborg’s father Silas, had his role mostly cut and reshot. While Zack Snyder included a diverse cast of characters, many of them had parts considerably altered or faded away from the film completely before it arrived on the big screens.” Meanwhile, a few sources state that these roles were already cut before Joss intervened. Fisher’s co-star Jason Momoa also joined him by claiming that a proper investigation is needed.