Now Reading
Disney fires Guardians of the Galaxy director for discovered offensive tweets

Disney fires Guardians of the Galaxy director for discovered offensive tweets

James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy

Walt Disney Studios today (20 July) fired director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He previously directed the first two films.

The move came after offensive tweets unearthed by people.

Alan Horn, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, issued the following statement: ‘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.’

The tweets include ‘jokes’ about pedophilia that are homophobic in nature. Several of them are screenshot below, most which date from between 2008 and 2012.

Gunn addressed the tweets on his own Twitter account

He wrote that he has ‘developed as a person’ and so has his ‘work and humor’.

James Gunn tweets
Gunn’s tweets | Photo: Twitter @JamesGunn

He continued by saying he previously apologized for the comments, and ‘truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies’.

More of James Gunn's Tweets
More of Gunn’s tweets | Photo: Twitter @JamesGunn

Change and alt-right voices

Gunn’s firing started a complex conversation about Hollywood, mob mentalities, and responsibility.

Director Lexi Alexander tweeted about this idea soon after his firing became news.

https://twitter.com/Lexialex/status/1020399315800317952

The conversation stems from the conservative website The Daily Caller originally unearthing the tweets.

Numerous alt-right figures then began tweeting about Gunn and his old tweets, including Mike Cernovich, a leading voice in the Pizzagate conspiracy that attacked Hillary Clinton.

More recently, Gunn had become a more active political voice on Twitter. He tweeted left-leaning views and was an outspoken critic of Donald Trump.

Alexander continued her thoughts, reminding people that the man who assaulted Terry Crews is still working:

https://twitter.com/Lexialex/status/1020402334742896641

Given that Gunn had previously apologized for the tweets, some took it to mean Disney already knew about them and only acted now because of right-wing pressure.

Some are saying Disney should give Gunn his job back, due to how this was manufactured.

https://twitter.com/thelindsayellis/status/1020406938197114880

‘Understanding and accepting’

Gunn released a lengthier statement addressing his firing and apologizing once more.

My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.

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.

All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.

Gunn was supposed to appear at Sony’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con today, but will no longer be present.

More from Gay Star News

Evan Rachel Wood joins the cast of Disney’s Frozen 2

33% of people are ‘uncomfortable’ with idea of gay Disney princess

Cheyenne Jackson takes on new role playing Disney villain Hades