Today, Disney and Marvel fired director James Gunn from directing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” for the studio. The director who helped move the franchise into the limelight was discovered to have sent offensive tweets before taking on his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Gunn’s tweets made dark jokes about various topics, including child molestation, the Holocaust, and rape. The tweets were brought to light by Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec, two right-wing commentators. They were further promoted by Fox News.
Disney issued the following statement.
“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.”
Below is James Gunn’s apology he issued today on his Twitter account.
“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. 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. 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. 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 to you all.”
Regardless of whether or not Gunn wrote these jokes in a mean-spirited fashion is not of note here. Instead, the issues that have plagued other celebrities and how they use social media continue. Gunn fired for his actions on Twitter, will certainly not be the last. Disney kept consistency in Gunn’s firing after letting Roseanne Barr go in May. Regardless of the reason, Disney fired Gunn. Marvel will have to find a new individual to helm the “Guardians” franchise.