Disney Fires ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Over 9-Year-Old Posts
By Mikelle Leow, 21 Jul 2018
Image via Guardians of the Galaxy
Disney has fired James Gunn, screenwriter and director of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, over a series of insensitive tweets he wrote several years ago.
Following an Infinity War meme that Gunn posted days back to describe Trump’s performance at the Russia-US summit, far-right supporters Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec were prompted to dig further into his Twitter history.
The two found now-deleted jokes about pedophilia and rape that Gunn tweeted between 2009 and 2012.
On Thursday, Gunn apologized via a chain of tweets, writing, “I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.”
In spite of his statements, Disney fired Gunn on Friday.
“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” confirmed Alan F. Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios.
The first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies amassed a whopping US$1.6 billion collectively, spurring Disney to work on Vol. 3. Filming was supposed to begin in the coming months, and the sequel was slated to hit theaters in 2020.
In response to Disney’s decision, Gunn issued a statement, saying, “Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then… To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”
1. Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
2. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
3. In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
4. For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn’t living them out. I know this is a weird statement to make, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
5. Anyway, that’s the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
[via The New York Times, cover image via Guardians of the Galaxy]
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