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James Gunn Fired From ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ Over Offensive Tweets

In a bit of very shocking news today, James Gunn has been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3a film in which he was set to write and direct – as he did for the first two films in the Marvel franchise. It comes after very offensive tweets were dug up from his past, in which he joked about pedophilia and rape – among other things.

Deadline reports that some of the other tweets said things like:

“I like when little boys touch me in my silly place.”

And:

“The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!’”

Disney then released a statement which read:

“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.”

Gunn himself addressed the issue (before being fired from the film) on Twitter before deleting (and re-opening?) his account, saying:

“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.”

He added:

“In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies. 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.”

He’s now released another statement after being fired:

“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.”

It’s interesting because earlier this year, tweets were dug up in which he accused Jared Leto of being a pedophile, and then said it again recently.

Gunn was set to make a big announcement at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, but now that no longer appears to be the case:

People are having some very strong reactions to the news:

Some pointed out what they deemed to be hypocrisy on Disney‘s part, over working with people like convicted child rapist Victor Salva, and Bryan Singer, who was accused of molesting young boys:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still scheduled to be released at some point in 2020 – though it’s obviously uncertain who the new director for the film will be.

What do you think of this news? Do you think the firing was justified? Be sure to tell us all of your thoughts in the comments.

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