Disney Director James Gunn Fired From ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ After Disturbing Tweets
Disney director James Gunn was reportedly fired by the company after he allegedly made inappropriate tweets, it was reported Friday.
Gunn, who directed the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies and produced “Avengers: Infinity War,” was fired on Friday after the tweets were dug up by a number of media outlets.
Gunn attempted to defend the tweets, saying he was trying to shock people.
“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,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. He might be referring to ultra-violent films like “Tromeo and Juliet” and “Dawn of the Dead” that he previously worked on.
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His tweets touched on subjects such as pedophilia and rape. He also made what appear to be satirical comments about the Holocaust, AIDS, and the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
He wrote in one, “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘Whew this feels great, not being raped!’” according to Deadline.com.
“I remember my first NAMBLA meeting. It was the first time I felt ok being who I am,” he wrote, referring to North American Man-Boy Love Association that advocates for pedophilia and pederasty founded by socialist David Thorstad in the 1970s.
Gunn, a political liberal who has frequently tweeted negative comments about President Donald Trump, apologized over the old tweets.
Gunn added: “In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.”
A Disney representative announced the firing on Friday afternoon in a 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,” said Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios chairman, to Deadline.com. He was removed from working on the latest “Guardians” sequel.