People are fired for offensive tweets every day, we all know what’s happened to Roseanne Barr, two months ago her racist tweet led to the cancellation of her show, her being dropped by her talent agency, and essentially being blacklisted by Hollywood…all by the same parent company who fired director James Gunn from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.3 after over 10,000 tweets about rape & paedophilia resurfaced. Earlier today the entire cast of Guardians Of The Galaxy wrote an open letter requesting that Gunn be rehired for the 3rd movie.
This comes after days of numerous celebrities such as Selma Blair, Dave Bautista, and Bobcat Goldthwait has voiced their support for the director’s return. 330,000 people have also signed a Change.org petition asking for Gunn to be reinstated. So why are so many people demanding Gunn be rehired? Better yet, will Disney do a 180 and bring Gunn back after denouncing him just two weeks ago? A better question is, why all the support for James Gunn that wasn’t awarded to others in similar situations in the past. The answer is really simple, politics.
What I find interesting is that the cast, as well as others, call out the epidemic of character assassinations and mob mentality when their industry is the biggest perpetrators of it. The #MeToo movement, a movement that originated in Hollywood to call out the sexual abuse that came from their own industry has now become a movement of character assassinations and weaponized mob mentality. Sure they got Harvey Weinstein, a guy who they all knew about his shady doings for years but never said a word for the sake of their careers.
But as we have seen this week with the reinstating of Chris Hardwick, what #MeToo has become is an avenue to make baseless claims against someone with no evidence outside of weaponized feelings to back it up. Despite AMC clearing Hardwick of any wrongdoing, has anyone’s image of him been repaired? Where there apologizes for jumping the gun and destroying his character? No. Many still believe that he did it despite the only evidence being the mere accusation.
Why are so many demanding we give the benefit of the doubt to decade-old tweets regarding James Gunn? Again Politics. We know that the mere fact of decade-old offensive tweets isn’t the reason to demand forgiveness from the outrage mob just looking at the situations with Sean Newcomb, Josh Hader, and Trea Turner (and they were teens when those tweets were written, not 40-year-old men). The reality is, we know what team James Gunn plays for, he is a member of the resistance.
Before Gunn was fired for offensive tweets, he largely spent his time calling Trump and his supporters ‘Nazis’, blaming him for mass shootings, calling people like Ben Shapiro ‘assholes’ and more. None of this bothered anyone in the cast or Hollywood because he was on their team. If Roseanne Barr said the same things about Trump on her twitter, do you think the backlash she got would have been just as severe? Of course not, because she was considered an enemy of the industry long before her fallout.
We also can’t ignore the elephant in the room, the fact that Gunn’s tweets were uncovered by Infowars reporter Mike Cernovich, who the left refers to as a “far-right Nazi” seems to be the main justification to forgive Gunn. Dave Bautista himself called the Gunn situation a CyberNazi attack.
What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you? Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions? MILLIONS!!! #Redemption #injustice @JamesGunn
— Vaxxed AF! #TeamPfizer Poor Kid Chasing Dreams. (@DaveBautista) July 22, 2018
So the rationale is if a Nazi discovers you wrote 10,000 tweets about pedophilia then the problem is clearly with the nazi…
I hate to compare this to the Roseanne situation due to the expected calls of a ‘whataboutism’ (also known as context) but there are many similarities here to ignore. The defense of “it was just a joke” well that’s what Roseanne said, didn’t stop the outrage mob. “Well Gunn apologized for the tweets” so did Roseanne…didn’t stop the outrage mob. So what makes what one did so much worse than what the other did? (By all means, give your arguments down below).
Disney has not responded to the cast’s demand but one thing is for sure, if Disney decides to bring back James Gunn, they will open the floodgates for a fiery political debate in the industry.
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9 thoughts on “Guardians of the Galaxy Cast Demand James Gunn Be Rehired, Will Disney Reinstate Him?”
Bautista now sounds like Alex jones from 10 years ago.
Disney ain’t gonna budge, and I would imagine they aren’t too happy with the cast shining a spotlight on this matter that the company considers closed. All they’re doing is getting more people to look up the comments Gunn was fired for. Most aren’t going to react favorably to Gunn, when they read those comments.
Ugh, i wish they didnt do this. I loved the first two movies. I know the third will most likely suck without him but he made public jokes about raping children. If thats not enough to make an employer take a step back what is? Im not saying the guy should go to jail for tweets but Disney had every right to can him.
The cast supporting him is just gross in my opinion. Basically they are saying we know he joked about but we are ok with that as long as we continue to make lots of money.
I’ve not cared to be concerned about this particular Hollywood gossip because I don’t care about if a movie is or is not made, but if this guy made 10,000 jokes about rape and pedophilia and people are upset because he got outed by an infowars reporter…..are we just to ignore the rape and pedophilia jokes of which 10,000 exist? All because some movie people like?
I find it gross. I like Chris Pratt and I like David Bautista but I could give a shit about their jobs and I find it tasteless that they put their names here when it’s an open secret Hollywood has a severe problem with rape and pedophilia.