James Gunn directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies and was set to direct the third until old tweets that resurfaced cost him his job. Disney fired the director after offensive old tweets that covered 9/11 and rape resurfaced.
The tweets, from 2008 and 2009, were discovered by conservative site the Daily Caller and made light of rape, pedophilia, 9/11, and the Holocaust.
As the story came to light, Gunn tweeted an apology for “outrageous and taboo” jokes before releasing a longer statement taking “full responsibility” for his actions.
“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,” his statement read.
This was not enough to save his job, however, as Disney took swift action by removing him from the third Guardians of the Galaxy film and releasing a statement of their own.
Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios chairman, said “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.”
The third Guardians of the Galaxy film is expected to premiere sometime in 2020.
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