James Gunn, the director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 was fired recently after a couple of offensive tweets came out. Apparently, James Gunn had tweeted something offensive on controversial topics like paedophilia and rape. His tweets were trying to attach a lighter tone to grave issues like rape. And even though the tweets are from the years between 2008 and 2011, Disney recently announced its decision. In the middle of the Comic-Con, Disney’s Chairman, Alan Horn made the announced. He claimed that James Gunn’s Twitter feed had statements which were indefensible and inconsistent with the studio’s values. Considering that, Disney decided to sever its business relationships with him. Disney has still not announced who would replace James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.
James Gunn had already expressed his remorse on his inappropriate tweets. In an attempt to control damage, he apologized to everybody he offended saying that he truly meant every word of his apology. Further while trying to explain his remarks, the director added that,
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.
Once Disney’s decision came out, Gunn released a statement expressing his regret on his old tweets. While agreeing that his comments were stupid, insensitive and not funny at all, James Gunn added that it was important to consider that those tweets do not reflect the person he is today. Or in fact, the person that he has been for some time now. While making his recent apology, James Gunn reflected his acceptance for Disney’s decision.
The cast for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 does not believe that it was fair to fire James Gunn from the sets. They have displayed open support for him, and also demanded his rehiring. The cast including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana have written an open letter expressing their shock at his firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3. Chris Pratt shared the letter in which the cast added that they hope to see James Gunn back on his social media.
Other cast members also posted their support and emotions on Twitter.
I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018
It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018
Actress Selma Blair showed solidarity by posting a link to sign a petition asking for him back on the sets. It has more than 300,000 signatures and the hashtag #RehireJamesGunn is trending everywhere. The cast believes that firing James Gunn proves that people should be punished despite them changing. And that learning from mistakes is no longer considered valid.
However, many people on Twitter have contradicting opinions who believe that James Gunn does deserve being punished. With the cast standing up for Gunn, Twitter seems to have exploded with all sorts of opinions. While some argue that with movements like #MeToo, defending James Gunn is not an option. But others believe that it’s natural that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 wants to work with Gunn for their last movie.
Hollywood can't support #metoo and die on the James Gunn hill at the same time man. Like, that's just not now this works
— Mikenson ?? (@mikeapedia101) July 30, 2018
the guardians of the galaxy cast do not deserve to be dragged because they are defending james gunn. they obviously loved working with him, and they probably wanted to be directed by him since it is going to be the last guardians movie. it isn’t their fault.
— Josh (@cassianandjyn) July 30, 2018
Maybe what needs attention here is that these tweets are not the first time that James Gunn has offended people online. In 2011, he had to apologize for a sexist and homophobic blog. It’s true that during the last few years, Hollywood has experienced massive changes in terms of tolerance and acceptance for controversial topics. With feminist movements making offenders accountable for misconduct even joking on issues like rape, sexism and pedophilia should never be acceptable. Allowing people to learn from mistakes is needed, but is regretting and apologizing the only compensation they can provide to those they hurt? Probably not, and sometimes punishment is inevitable. James Gunn might have surely changed, but he has to face the consequences of his past. Maybe incidents like these will teach everyone that joking on rape and other related topics will never be funny.