After James Gunn's stunning shooting on Friday afternoon, celebrities who worked with the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy and others who knew him defended him on social media.
Disney fired Gunn after offensive tweets from 2009 "Offensive attitudes and statements on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio values, and we broke our business relationship with him" said Disney Studios president Alan Horn in a statement.
Gunn is excused for offensive comments in 2012, after being hired to direct Guardians for Marvel and Disney, based on the success of his scorching superhero movie Super . He also apologized Friday, before being fired and issued another statement afterwards, supporting Disney's decision to cut ties with him.
"Even those many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I behaved". . "All I can do now, beyond my sincere and sincere regrets, is to be the best possible human being: to accept, understand, engage with equality. and think carefully about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To all members of my industry and beyond, I again offer my sincere apologies to all. "
Gunn was to make a third film Guardians and was going to do a project at Sony.Over the controversy, celebrities took on Twitter and other social networks to defend Gunn, there including Guardian star Dave Bautista, who issued a strong statement supporting his friend Scroll down to watch the reaction to the news
Dave Bautista, who played in both Guardians films and Avengers: Infinity Wa as Drax the Destroyer, was not happy with the shooting.
J & # 39; will have more to say but for the moment all I will say is this .. @JamesGunn is one of the most loving, caring, good-natured people I've ever met He is gentle and kind and cares deeply about people and animals, he made mistakes. We all have, I do not agree with what is happening
– Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018
"I'll have more to say but for now all I'll say is that .. @ JamesGunn is the # 39; one of the most loving, caring, good natured people I have already met, he is kind and kind and cares deeply about people and animals, he made mistakes, we all … I do not agree with what happens to him, "he wrote . 10 David Destmalchian
The character actor David Destmalchian posted a photo of himself with Gunn to show his support on Instagram. Director Peyton Reed of Ant-Man also appeared in the photo.
"I say it for years! @jamesgunn is one of the most incredible people I've ever known – both professionally and personally," he wrote. "There are so many people in our lives that we would never have known without the incredible magnet of talent and kindness that is James (and his wonderful life partner, @jenniferlholland) Thank you for being part of your family, buddy. Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black reacts forcefully after Mike Cernovich, the conservative conspiracy theorist who unearthed Gunn's controversial comments, also unearthed some of his own controversial jokes. Black pointed out that Cernovich was charged with rape in 2003.
Wow. It's quite a comedown of James Gunn. Mike, we've had this conversation before. There is a qualitative difference between a comedian who makes jokes – even hurtful jokes (me) – and someone who is charged with rape in 2003 (you). https://t.co/b5U7ITKkU7
– Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 21, 2018
Patton Oswalt responded to the controversy by retweeting a photo of the controversial tweets of Cernovich
It's one of the least disgusting tweets from Mike Cernovich, the guy who, after launching a Gamergate-style smear campaign, just fired James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 . Have a nice week end. https://t.co/7DYlin1zgO
– Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) 20 July 2018
"This is one of the least disgusting tweets from Mike Cernovich, the guy who, after launching a smear campaign at the Gamergate, just fired James Gunn of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. Ok, have a good weekend, "wrote Oswalt Slide 5 of 10 Fede Alvarez
" I can not believe what Disney does at @JamesGunn This "Wrong Alvarez writes"
Can not believe what Disney does for @JamesGunn This absurd culture of zero tolerance must stop.
– Fede Alvarez (@fedalvar) July 21, 2018
"It's crazy for me, is that it? Is there a movie I've worked on, I quit, disney, "added Justin Toiland.
It's crazy for me. Is it real?! Jesus. Well, there is this movie Rar jar jar Binks on which I worked. I'm leaving, disney! https://t.co/G9hu4mw3Iq
– Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) 20 July 2018
Director Joe Carnahan tweeted a link to a Change.org petition for get Disney re-engage Gunn.
Cernovich is a cheap provocateur determined to destroy the careers of the best men. @JamesGunn was targeted because he openly criticizes the criminal filth and amorality of @realDonaldTrump . James does not deserve that. He should be brought back immediately. #RehireJamesGunn https://t.co/WaBvzw7U4B
– Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) July 21, 2018
In another tweet, Carnahan wrote: "Cernovich is a cheap provocateur determined to destroy the careers of the best men. @JamesGunn was targeted because He is a virulent critic @ RealDonaldTrump: criminal bullshit and amorality James does not deserve that He should be brought back immediately #RehireJamesGunn. "
The actor Michael Rooker responded to a fan who asked him what he thought of the situation. "James Gunn knows it, it's all that matters," he writes.
James Gunn knows it. That's all that matters. https://t.co/FKtNWf6Xae
– MichaelRookerOnline (@RookerOnline) July 21, 2018
Ricky Gervais makes a veiled reference to the situation
Things are not not the same as doing bad things. The joke may not even tolerate bad things. That could stop them. It depends on the joke. The subject of a joke and the target of a joke may be different. Being offended does not prove that the joke is wrong.
– Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 21, 2018
"Joking about bad things is not the same as doing bad things, the joke does not even tolerate bad things. about a joke and the target of a joke may be different. Being offended does not prove that the joke is wrong, "wrote the ancient Office star
Slide ] 10 out of 10 Rhett Miller
"I have known @jamesgunn for a long time and I guarantee that those old tweets were JUST JOKES .You can argue that they were bad jokes, or useless or tasteless or He was fired to 100% about his political convictions, which is a scary moment, "Rhett Miller wrote:
I have known @jamesgunn since long and I guarantee that these old tweets were just JOKES. You can argue that they were bad jokes, or useless or tasteless or something else, but they were just JOKES. His shot is 100% on his honest political convictions. It's a scary time, all of you.
– Rhett Miller (@rhettmiller) July 21, 2018