James Gunn Controversy About Derogatory Tweets And Removal From Guardians Of The Galaxy Franchise

James Gunn Controversy

Outrageous Twitter rants led to James Gunn being fired from the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise.

The director of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, James Gunn, has been fired after a trove of previous social media posts about pedophilia and rape were discovered.

Marvel Comics has cut ties with Gunn following the recent #metoo backlash following the publication of numerous social media statements he made before to being cast as Drax in the film Guardians of the Galaxy.

Gunn is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, and the intention was to bring him down a notch or two, according to Fox News.

It was a success. As a well-known provocateur, Gunn has attracted scorn in the past for his offbeat sense of humor. “I appreciate when tiny boys touch me in my goofy spot,” was one of the tweets that compelled Disney and Marvel to act.

The best part of getting raped is when you’re done being raped and you’re like, “Whew, this feels fantastic, not being raped!”, says another.

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The Holocaust, AIDS, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks were all joked about by others. Then there was the story of the monkey that was “very happy” because he was masturbating on a little child.

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A obsession with the fetishization of teenage boys made these missives unfunny and frightening. So, his retroactive social media comments was a no-brainer.

According to Alan Horn, chairman and chief creative officer of Walt Disney Studios, “the abhorrent attitudes and sentiments uncovered on James’ Twitter account are unacceptable and in direct conflict with our studio values and we have ended our commercial relationship with him,” the statement read.

As of this writing, neither Disney nor Marvel have confirmed that Gunn would be directing a third chapter of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Last summer’s $863 million worldwide gross for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 compared to the original’s $773 million raised the prospect of his staying on as director.

All that sneaky wit and tone simply ruined his professional path helped create the irreverently funny tone of Guardians of the Galaxy.

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From Scarlett Johansson withdrawing from a transgender character role in the $30 million New Regency picture Rub and Tug to Paramount TV boss Amy Powell being dismissed for making insensitive statements, Hollywood has been rocked by the fall of Harvey Weinstein. Nine days ago, this was the situation.

While the idea of being held to account for previous social media statements might be new to Hollywood, this is something we see all the time in sports, most notably when Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader was compelled to apologize for past homophobic and racist posts from 2012.

Roseanne’s racist tweet against Valerie Jarrett, which resulted in her being fired from the revival of her comedy, was the first indicator of the potential harm here.

That show was a bright spot in the ABC schedule, and Disney-owned network took the difficult decision to drop her, as it did with Gunn, to apologize and rationalize ever since.

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Conners spinoff has been resurrected the network but it’s not yet certain if it will be embraced without its star comedienne, who has been replaced by Melissa McCarthy.

Additionally, Charlie Sheen and Angus T. Jones, two members of the Two and a Half Men ensemble, were also shattered by ridiculous social media posts that disparaged the long-running blockbuster show.

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In the future, this could lead to Hollywood actors trying to resurrect ancient scripts. What company wanting to employ a director or cast for a huge franchise or family-friendly film won’t first check back into earlier social media posts, because this powderkeg was hiding in plain sight and Disney had to know about it because he was posting regularly back then.

Social media can be a great way to wish people happy birthday and sell products, but if you’re going to use it as a platform to spread your personal beliefs, it’s best not to do so.

In particular, Gunn’s rants are a disgrace to Disney’s family-oriented ideals, which are at the heart of the company’s mission. That’s not to say that these thoughts weren’t a part of him prior to his role in Guardians of the Galaxy.

While he was making films like Slither, no one paid attention to what he had to say. His outspoken liberal views, however, made him an easy target for anyone who keeps a record of such provocative commentary, whether it was offered ironically or not

Despite the fact that Gunn’s Twitter stream was down for some time, it’s clear that he is unafraid to speak his mind. “Yeah, that was the purpose of the tweets, Dummy.

I was participating in the reading with a convicted pedophile,” he said when asked about his participation in the event. I walked away from the scene.

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Victor Salva, director of Jeepers Creepers, was there for the reading, and I was really mortified when I found out.

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Previously, Salva had served time for abusing a cast member on a film of his that he had directed. When Jeepers Creepers, a Disney film, was being prepared for release, the truth was exposed.

Fox News reported on the tweets below, and it’s possible that their appearance there is no accident. Right-wing commentator Mike Cernovich and The Daily Caller correspondent Jack Posobiec provided ammunition for Fox News.

It pounced on old social media following Gunn’s ridiculing of conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, who defended liberal actor Mark Duplass following criticism and apologized for encouraging his followers to give Shapiro a chance in the name of hearing the other side’s viewpoints to complete the takedown, Cernovich uncovered a slew of tweets, some of which suggested that readers contact Disney via email.

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