James Gunn vs Disney: Who’s Side Are You On?
By now I’m sure you have heard the news of James Gunn being let go by Disney from the next instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy, and if you haven’t then you should probably climb out of the rock you’ve been hiding under.
For those who aren’t aware of this whole fiasco, Disney made the executive decision to fire James Gunn from future involvement of the Guardians due to unearthed tweets from many years ago. These tweets contained jokes about topics such as rape and paedophilia, which when you think about it, is most definitely the kind of subject that should not be joked about, especially over social media. Obviously this is not okay, but is it something that he should be fired over, all of these years later?
Although the title says vs, James Gunn has never argued or fought with Disney since he was released from the project, he simply accepted the decision, and released a series of tweets apologising for his actions, starting off with “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.” You can read the rest of his apology tweets here.
The reasoning behind the ‘vs’ is because a few members of the Guardians have rallied together on twitter, with messages of support toward James Gunn. Many of the GOTG stars have tweeted various messages of support, the main one being Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, tweeting “I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..
@JamesGunn is one of the most loving, caring, good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him”, and since has posted more tweets arguing with Disney’s decision.
Other cast members such as Karen Gillian, who plays Nebula and the main man Chris Pratt (Star Lord) have both tweeted in wake of the events, with Gillian expressing her love for all cast and crew and Pratt posting simple tweets containing different Bible passages.
Recently actress and cast member Zoe Saldana released a statement on twitter, also signed by Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillian, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker saying:
We fully support James Gunn. We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen and discuss. In that time, we’ve been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him. Being in the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies has been a great honour in each of our lives. We cannot let this moment pass without expressing our love, support, and gratitude for James. We are not here to defend his jokes of many years ago but rather to share our experience having spent many years together on set making Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2. The character he has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love. In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.
This show’s that everybody who is a part of this movie fully supports James Gunn coming back, and is not comfortable in working with a whole new director, which puts Disney in a tricky situation. You can read the rest of the statement of Zoe Saldana’s twitter.
Do you agree with Disney’s decision to remove James Gunn due to these inappropriate jokes, or are you on the side of the cast and crew members with backing up Gunn? Let us know in the comments.