James Gunn Fired From “Guardians 3” Over Offensive Tweets; Dave Bautista Not Happy

Disney/Marvel has announced that James Gunn will not be returning to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after a series of his old Tweets were discovered that contained jokes about the 9/11 attack, AIDS,  Holocaust, pedophelia, and even a monkey masturbating on a young child. Some of the Tweets included “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!”

The Tweets were uneartherd by Fox news before they were removed from Twitter.  Gunn responded with the following:

1. 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.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
2. 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.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
4. 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.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018
5. 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.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018

Guardians star Dave Bautista is not happy with Gunn’s firing, saying this on Twitter:

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn put this statement out the firing:

“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.”

Source: Deadline

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