Disney Fires ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director Over Tweets About Pedophilia & Rape
James Gunn, the director of two ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies, has been fired by Disney from the sequel after his tweets referencing pedophilia and rape were dug up by conservative journalists.
“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,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement on Friday.
Gunn’s tweets going back a decade were highlighted on Thursday by several conservative journalists, including Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec.
Gunn first deleted thousands of tweets, then posted an explanation on Thursday evening, saying he started his career making movies and telling jokes “that were outrageous and taboo” but he has since grown as a person.
“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,”he continued. “For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn’t living them out.”
“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,” Gunn added.