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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cast Publishes Open Letter in Support of James Gunn

Steve Porter / July 31, 2018

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy have published an open letter in support of writer and director James Gunn on social media, restating their love and respect for their director. The letter was signed by stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, and Sean Gunn, while Pratt and Saldana also called for Gunn’s reinstatment as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Disney fired Gunn after a conservative troll unearthed deleted tweets from ten years ago that included offensive jokes about sexual assault and AIDS. While it behooved Disney to condemn the tweets, this is old news and, in our opinion, does not rise to the level of a firing offence. This was ten years ago! James Gunn released a touching statement regarding his offensive material: “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.” He apologized and stated that he understood Disney’s decision to let him go from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

It’s important to understand that this wasn’t a random incident. These ten-year-old tweets were unearthed and publicized intentionally to target Gunn for his political views. It was sheer character assassination using dated material from ten years ago. They do not represent a continuous or ongoing pattern of misbehavior, nor has anyone that we know of indicated that James Gunn has behaved in an inappropriate way. Despite that, his firing has prompted conspiratorial and moronic ravings on Twitter.

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy seems to agree and calls on viewers, supporters, and citizens to understand that bad jokes from ten years ago should no condemn the man today.