James Gunn Fired From Guardians Of The Galaxy 3!
Early this morning, Disney announced that they would be severing ties with James Gunn after several old tweets were resurfaced in an alleged attempt to get him fired following his vocal criticisms of president trump.
On Twitter Thursday evening, American alt-right social media personality, writer, and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich posted a stream of James Gunn’s early tweets from almost a decade ago, later on posted as a collage. Warning, some may not want to read the tweets for their inexcusable content:
In response to these tweets going viral, Walt Disney Company Chairman Alan Horn released the following statement this morning, “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.”. Prior to his firing, James Gunn posted several tweets in response to this before deleting his twitter account:
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.
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.
In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.
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.
While these tweets are, as previously mentioned, inexcusable, but given the alleged reason why they were brought to light, it makes Gunn’s firing a bitter pill to swallow. Even more so when Twitter users made a collage of Mike Cernovich’s hypocritical tweets from 2012-2013. Again, these tweets contain harsh language. and discretion is advised:
While Cernovich is using the tried and true method of blaming the mainstream media for his tweets, James Gunn has gone a different way and released an official response to the firing:
My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative,” Gunn said. “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.
With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 well into production, with a script already written and posted last month, who will Disney/Marvel get to replace James Gunn on one of Marvel’s biggest franchises? Given the unique humor in the franchise, replacing Gunn won’t be an easy task. Some have suggested Kevin Smith, who just met with Disney last month about an untitled project. Others have suggested the famed director Taika Waititi, best known for the films Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do In The Shadows. At this point it is too early to tell, but stay tuned as more develops on this story. Feel free to discuss this on in our official Forums, on our Discord Channel, or in the Facebook Group!
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