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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Joss Whedon’s “Dumbass”

Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?

Joss Whedon – 19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Joss Whedon and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Joss Whedon production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.

PREMISE: Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.

SETTING: Contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. Why don’t we have the “Adam Sandler” character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.

It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.

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About Joss Whedon’s “Dumbass” Movie

The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Joss Whedon and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.

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Subtext Meaning Revealed

When you’re watching a movie next time, really pay attention to the moments that hold you spellbound. How do they do this? I bet if you really pay attention the answer will be obvious; subtext!

Joss Whedon – EVERY scene should evoke an emotion, which means – in my opinion – that every scene should contain subtext; either visual or via dialogue. Let me make this clear. I’m not just talking about the emotions experienced by the character. I’m also talking about the emotions experienced by the audience. Maybe the audience knows something the character doesn’t know and when the character speaks the dialogue inadvertently becomes subtext that causes the audience suspense, loathing, ecstasy, fear, love, etc.

Dialogue subtext can also be used to enhance the genre’s emotional core. If the script’s a horror, does the dialogue evoke fear? If it’s a comedy, is the dialogue filled with funny moments? If it’s a romantic comedy, does the dialogue hint, via subtext, at love?

What is haunting them from the past? How do we see and know that?


This is usually an immediate external problem, not an overall need. For example, in The Proposal, Margaret is informed that she’s about to be deported to Canada and must take immediate action to prevent that. In some stories this is much more apparent than others, and not all stories start with an external problem. Does your hero/ine have an immediate external problem that s/he must act on right away?


by: Joss Whedon – Writer | Producer | Director, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003) | The Avengers (2012) | The Cabin in the Woods (2011)