The recent firing of Guardians of the Galaxy movie director James Gunn had fans, the actors for the movies themselves and Hollywood in a shock. James Gunn had a history of film making in the past with him producing the live action movie for Scooby Doo in 2004, and the reboot for Dawn of the Dead in 2007.
Then a few years later he joined Disney working with Marvel in his upcoming two movies for Guardians of the Galaxy, which became a huge hit for the fans of marvel and another entry in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) that would mix with the timeline before their encounter with a former member of the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War.
But with a good life as a director on one of the biggest production companies ever to be seen, heard and talked about lies many consequences. James Gunn had his Twitter account timeline filled with jokes, yes jokes, about pedophilia and rape in the year 2007 and 2008. This was found by Right-Wing conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich who found them and sent them to Disney as soon as possible. Cernovich also had his timeline filled with “jokes” of pedophilia and rape in his account which stated, “Have you guys ever tried ‘raping’ a girl without using force? Try it. It’s basically impossible.”
Gunn apologized for his mistake and even called his past self a “provocateur.” “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,” Gunn stated as an apology.
The main actors for Guardians of the Galaxy that includes Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) and Vin Diesel (Groot) were in sadness as their long known director and friend has parted ways with them. Recent tweets from the actors break the silence upon his firing: “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger,” Chris Pratt stated.
Zoe Saldana stated, “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 (Guardians of the Galaxy) family. Always will.”
“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. I’m NOT ok with what’s happening to him,” Dave Bautista said.
Fans also took it upon themselves to encourage Disney to “bring him back” with a petition in which 300,000 fans already signed and are prepared to send out to Disney. The real downside is that the petition won’t do anything to change their minds over it, although it was a really good effort for everyone that supports Gunn. It was his role that made the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guardians of the Galaxy a real treat to watch. I agree to that effort since I do enjoy a good movie and watching those movies made me laugh, cry, and just have a good time in general.