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Gunn Feels Kickback From Offensive Tweets

Marvel has fired James Gunn over old tweets (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to InspiredImages).

Marvel has fired James Gunn over old tweets (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to InspiredImages).

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As of July 20th, Director James Gunn was fired from the upcoming installment of the movie Guardians of the Galaxy because of his obscene tweets. These 10-year-old tweets, made light of rape, pedophilia, AIDS, the Holocaust, and the event of 9/11. They were discovered by conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.

“I believe Marvel was justified in removing James Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Everyone has always been told that everything you put on the internet stays there, no matter what,” said sophomore Brandon Lovell.

One of Gunn’s tweets reads, “Laughter is the best medicine. That’s why I laugh at people with AIDS.” Another tweet read, “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped, it’s like, ‘Whew, this feels great, not being raped!’”  

Walt Disney Studios Chairman, Alan Horn, said, “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 composed a five-part apology over twitter roughly stating that earlier in his career, he made foul jokes. Though, as he aged, so has his humor and work. Going on to say that he has evolved and tries to base his work in love and less anger. Shortly after these events and this tweet, Gunn deleted his twitter account.

The Guardians of the Galaxy actor, Chris Pratt, wrote an open letter requesting for the return of James Gunn. Cast members like Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, and others have signed the letter in support of Gunn. A petition to rehire Gunn has also been circulating the internet with thousands of signatures from fans. Marvel has tried to persuade Disney to bring back Gunn; however, Disney doesn’t plan to let James Gunn back onboard.

After Gunn’s departure there has been a halt in the producing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 because Disney is in search for a new director. The production was scheduled to be release in early 2019 but will be affected temporarily by this halt. “I believe Marvel was justified in removing James Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Everyone has always been told that everything you put on the internet stays there, no matter what,” said sophomore Brandon Lovell.

Since Gunn is no longer directing for Marvel, he is now a free agent, so DC Comic has offered James an opportunity to direct for them. Gunn has discussed directing a DC movie before, so the idea does not seem far fetched. The senior executive at Warner Bros. even said, “I’d work with him in a heartbeat,” this showcases that James Gunn’s reputation was not completely destroyed.

Darrell D. Miller, an entertainment attorney, said, “We’re in an era when doing better now is not good enough. We’re in an era of accountability for past conduct.” Whether or not that is fair is a matter of opinion.

“…it’s the account owner’s fault if they get in trouble for it,” said sophomore Sarah Neal.

It’s important to post carefully on your social media accounts, if not, it could jeopardize your career in the future. For Gunn, this is true and goes to show that social media is a double edged sword.

“Just because you don’t feel the same way you felt when you posted the tweets or repent…that doesn’t mean you won’t be held responsible for it,” said social studies teacher Jenna Griner.

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