Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days (or are living an actual life away from the internet) you may have heard that Disney recently fired director James Gunn from the upcoming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 3. The firing comes after a series of old tweets by Gunn surfaced that used humor revolving topics like pedophilia and rape. The tweets are disgusting but to be fair, they’re from years ago, long before The House of the Mouse granted him directing duties on the first two GOTG films. Also, he has apologized in years past for the offensive tweets. After the tweets were resurfaced by some Trump sympathizers calling for Gunn to be held accountable for the offensive tweens Disney decided to fire him and completely remove him from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The controversial fire was met with outrage from fans and several GOTG castmembers as production on the third installment was underway. Gunn has since tweeted about his past sins (as seen below) and only time will tell what this means, not only for GOTG v3, but also for Gunn’s career.
The tweets were egregious and disgusting his apology seems sincere and heartfelt. At least he didn’t blame Ambien and claimed he “thought the bitch was white!” Sorry- I digress. We’ll keep you posted as this story further develops. In all of the crazy there was one bright spot. Bobcat Goldwaith’s epic read to Disney:
I love @jamesgunn. He’s a loyal friend, super talented, passionate and kind. I wanted to say something, here it is:
Dear @disney, I would hate for you to come off as hypocritical so I’m suggesting that you remove my voice from an attraction that’s coming to your park. It’s called WORLD OF COLOR – VILLAINOUS, and I reprise the role of Pain, a role I played in HERCULES. You see here’s the deal, years ago I made a lot of sarcastically shocking and offensive jokes. Many that I’m embarrassed about now, and I’d hate to make you guys look bad seeing that I’m openly critical of the president and his administration, and you seem to be taking your lead from some of his radical fringe supporters. I think James Woods may have recorded a voice for this new attraction, too. Why not check out some of his whacky past tweets?! They’re a hoot!
For the record, I do stand with survivors of sexual abuse and I was wondering if you guys are still making money off of your movie POWDER? Asking for a friend.
And that… is how you read Disney