Since James Gunn has been dropped from director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney and Marvel, fans have started an online petition to have him rehired. So far, there are over 220,000 signatures and that number continues to grow. Before deleting his account, Gunn tweeted, “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.”
“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 Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a statement.
Gunn was fired as the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” 3 days ago in result of tweets he made back in 2008 and 2009. The Daily Caller reported that James Gunn tweeted about controversial and offensive topics. The filmmaker has since deleted his Twitter account.
Fellow director Joe Carnahan shared the petition on his Twitter account. As of Saturday afternoon, it had collected more than 5,000 signatures. By early evening, it had risen to nearly 16,000. By Sunday morning, the total had climbed to 51,000.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) July 21, 2018
Other stars from Guardians of the Galaxy, including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana have tweeted about Gunn.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018
It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018
What happened here is so much bigger then G3, @JamesGunn ,myself,@Disney etc. This was a #cybernazi attack that succeeded. Unless we start to unite together against this crap, whether people are offended are not! …it’s going to get much worse. And it can happen to anyone https://t.co/AMZEd0tfqb
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 22, 2018
Gunn has been working on the script for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”, and the movie was expected to begin shooting in Atlanta in the fall for an expected 2020 release date, though Marvel Studios had never officially announced the date.
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