Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

More Hollywood stars rally behind James Gunn after his shock firing

More Hollywood stars rally behind James Gunn after his shock firing

In the old tweets, screenshots of which are available online, the 51-year-old director cracked crude jokes dealing with pedophilia and rape.

(For instance: "I like when little boys touch me in my silly place", read one.) While the director had deleted the posts, they were dug up by right-wing trolls in a campaign that was seemingly meant to retaliate for Gunn's criticism of President Trump.

The uproar caused Disney to dismiss him from The Guardians franchise within hours of the tweets making headlines again almost six years after he publically apologised for making them as he began his first work at Marvel Studios.

The moviemaker has since apologised, explaining the tweets written years ago were a mistake and he no longer likes to write things to shock. Harris notes that Roseanne's offensive tweets, which resulted in her firing, were recent and was crossing a red line among several other offensive tweets.

Disney moved quickly to axed him from the Marvel Cinematic Universe but in the wake of his firing numerous films' stars, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, came out in support of Gunn and an online petition calling for him to be reinstated has garnered over 250,000 signatures.

Gunn issued an apology on Twitter.

The difference in this case, however, was that Barr's fellow actor approved of her termination while Gunn's peers came to his defense.

In a podcast with her good friend, Rabbi Schmuley, that was also posted on Monday, Barr said Gunn was one of the celebrities supporting ABC's decision to fire her at the time. "I have regretted them for many years since - not just because they were stupid, not at all amusing, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time".

Roseanne apologized for her racist remarks but continued to attack Valarie Jarret on social media. Barr later argued that she did not know that Jarret was black.

"So I guess my hope is that fans continue to watch and appreciate the Guardians movies, not despite the fact that the filmmaker used to be kind of a jacka**, but because of it".

"My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over", he said. "Love you to you all".

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