Guardians of Galaxy Star Dave Bautista defended filmmaker James Gunn after he was fired by Disney for a series of offensive tweets redone recently.
Alan Horn, president of Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement Friday that Gunn, 51, had been fired because the posts, written in 2008 and 2009, were deemed "indefensible".
"Offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio values, and we have broken our business relationship with him," Horn said in a statement.
Gunn was behind the first two Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel movies and was working on the script for the third. The old tweets that shed light on rape, pedophilia, September 11 and the Holocaust were discovered by the conservative Daily Caller . Gunn was vocal in his criticism of Donald Trump, tweeting last year that the United States is in "a national crisis with an incompetent president" .
On Saturday, Bautista jumped to Gunn's defense, saying that if the director had "made mistakes", he did not deserve to be sacked. "I'll have more to say but for now all I'm going to say is this: @JamesGunn is one of the most loving, caring, good-natured people I've ever had. never 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 happens to him, "wrote Bautista on Twitter
]. In one of the old tweets, Gunn wrote, "The best thing about being raped is when you're done getting raped and it's like that."
He d First tweeted excuses for "outrageous and taboo" jokes, later publishing a longer statement, taking "full responsibility" for his deeds.
"My words from almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally unsuccessful and unfortunate efforts to be provocative," said his statement. "I have regretted them for many years – not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, very insensitive, and certainly not provocative as I had hoped, but also because they do not reflect the person I am today or have been "
In 2011, Gunn apologized in a statement to the organization Glaad (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance) against libel) for a number of blogs containing jokes about cheerful comic characters.
Gunn's credits also include the 2006 horror Slither and he was put to reboot Starsky & Hutch TV series The franchise Guardians has made more than $ 1.6 billion (£ 1.2 billion) worldwide so far and the third is expected to to be published in 2020.