By Kevin Gray
With great visibility comes great scrutiny. It's important to remember that in this age of social media. Whether you are the President of the United States or Permit Patty, what you do or say in the public eye can hurt you now & in the future. This apparently holds true for popular and highly successful directors as well.
James Gunn, the man who helped bring an obscure Marvel Comic called Guardians of the Galaxy to main stream success, has been fired from his gig at Disney. The firing came the discovery and circulation of several old tweets in which he displayed gross humor and made jokes about rape. The tweets began to circulate Thursday (June 19) and Disney fired Dunn by Friday (June 20) afternoon.
The many of the tweets in question were posted a decade ago and contained jokes about topics like rape, pedophilia, sex, and masturbation. Many have since been deleted. According to the Daily Dot, “they resurfaced online after [Gunn] voiced his opinion on director Mark Duplass’ now-retracted endorsement of the Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro.”
Many conservatives began calling for Gunn’s firing, and encouraged their followers to confront Disney and Gunn himself. They made it clear that Gunn needed to be held to the same standards of conduct that many conservatives are. Gunn is also a vocal critic of President Trump, which may also explain why the push for his firing was so hard.
Gunn has since tried to explain his tweets as his foolish younger self and promised that days of views like that are over, but he has yet to offer any kind of apology.
Gunn was also scheduled to appear at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend as part of Sony’s Hall H presentation, but it’s unclear if he will still be in attendance.