Disney has fired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after old tweets from the filmmaker about pedophilia resurfaced. The family-friendly studio took swift action in letting Gunn go, releasing a statement from Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

“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.”

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Gunn released a statement of apology in response to his firing, understanding the business decision Disney made.

“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. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”

He continued, “For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn’t living them out. I know this is a weird statement to make, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it.”

Gunn also said, “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.”

Coming to Gunn’s defense have been actors like Selma Blair, who joined a petition to rehire the director.

Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the franchise, also tweeted out strong support for Gunn, saying, “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.”

The film’s top-billed stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana refrained from commenting on the situation until today, both tweeting out their thoughts.

Saldana wrote, “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.”

Pratt tweeted out a Bible verse, writing, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” JAMES 1:19

It appears both will have more to say about the situation as it plays out.


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