Chris Pratt and his fellow Guardians Of The Galaxy stars have released an open letter in support of ousted director James Gunn.
“Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man,” Chris Pratt wrote Monday. “I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the following statement- signed by our entire cast.”
The statement is signed by Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan. Disney fired Gunn after a series of offensive tweets were unearthed from years ago, where the writer and director appeared to make light of subjects such as pedophilia and rape.
The Walt Disney Company, which controls the Guardians series through its Marvel Studios unit, swiftly fired Gunn, calling the old tweets “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.” Gunn also apologized. But Disney was quickly condemned in some quarters for reacting to a social media shaming that appeared to have been undertaken as political payback.