Disney and Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy films are extremely popular, and a big part of that popularity is down to writer and director James Gunn.
News broke that Disney had dropped Gunn, following the revelation of offensive tweets dating back nearly ten years.
Disney chairman Alan Horne said in a statement Friday:
“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.”
It’s not the first time Gunn has been called out for being crass and offensive. In 2012, not long after being awarded the reins of Guardians Of The Galaxy, he apologized for offensive comments surrounding a superhero sex poll on his blog.
The latest storm surrounds tweets, now deleted, in which vocal liberal Gunn appeared to ‘joke’ about rape, AIDS and pedophilia. The tweets were apparently shared on Twitter by Trump supporters and then publicised by right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich, himself no stranger to highly offensive comments.
Gunn’s latest apology, released by his rep to Entertainment Weekly, reads:
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since – not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, 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.
Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”
He also apologized in a series of tweets.
Gunn had already started developing Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3. It is not known at the moment where this leaves the franchise or who will take over. It’s still slated for release in 2020.