It was shocking news when it was announced director James Gunn had been fired from Marvel Studios during Comic-Con week. The Guardians of the Galaxy director was fired after tweets from several years ago were discovered that contained crude and disgusting jokes about child abuse and pedophiles.
Per The Verge:
Gunn issued an apology on Twitter, stating in part, “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.”
Gunn’s cast on the Guardians films initially responded to the news cautiously or obliquely, if at all. Actor Michael Rooker, who plays alien pirate Yondu Udonta in the first two films, deleted his Twitter account in solidarity, stating on the service: “This account will be inactive after today. We’re very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLSHIT… neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it.”
Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer, responded on Twitter with outspoken anger and sarcasm. But today, the cast has issued a collective open letter to Disney, posted to various Twitter and Instagram accounts, expressing their support and calling for Gunn’s reinstatement.
The entire cast signed the letter and it might have just caught the eye of Disney. No director has been hired to replace Gunn making insiders speculate the director will be brought back.
What do you think? Should Gunn be rehired? Or should he be held accountable for what he put out into social media, no matter how long ago it was? Let us know in the comments.