Sunday, July 22, 2018

Superhero film director fired over tweets

Looks like some Trump fans did him in

James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy superhero film franchise, has been fired by Disney over a series of recently-emerged old tweets in which he made jokes about rape and paedophilia.

"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," Disney chairman Alan Horn said in a statement on Friday.

In a statement, Gunn said in response that he regretted and took full responsibility for the tweets.

On Thursday, Gunn had said on Twitter about the old posts, saying that while he viewed himself as a "provocateur" who told "jokes that were outrageous and taboo".

"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," Gunn said in a statement.

"It's not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago," the 51-year-old American added.

The old tweets were unearthed and published by the conservative Daily Caller news website, prompting calls for Disney to sack Gunn.

Gunn has been an outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump and said in December that he did not care if his stance resulted in him losing fans.



Bird of Paradise said...

Rape and Pedphillia are nothing to laugh at their crimes against the innocent

Bill R. said...

Just an example of making the left live up to the "rules" they make the right live by.