Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista defended filmmaker James Gunn after he was fired by Disney for a string of not too long ago resurfaced offensive tweets.
Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, stated in a press release on Friday that Gunn, 51, had been fired as a result of the messages, written in 2008 and 2009, had been deemed “indefensible”.
“The offensive attitudes and statements found on James’s Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we’ve severed our enterprise relationship with him,” Horn stated in a press release.
Gunn was behind the primary two Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel film hits and had been engaged on the script for the third. The previous tweets that made mild of rape, paedophilia, 9/11 and the Holocaust had been found by the conservative web site the Each day Caller. Gunn has been vocal in his criticism of Donald Trump, tweeting final yr that the US is in “a national crisis with an incompetent president”.
On Saturday Bautista leapt to Gunn’s defence, saying that whereas the director had “made errors” he didn’t should be sacked. “I’ll have extra to say however for proper now all I’ll say is this: @JamesGunn is without doubt one of the most loving, caring, good natured individuals I’ve ever met. He’s light and sort and cares deeply for individuals and animals. He’s made errors. All of us have. Im NOT comfortable with what’s occurring to him,” Bautista wrote on Twitter.
In one of many previous tweets, Gunn wrote: “The perfect factor about being raped is whenever you’re carried out being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels nice, not being raped!’”
He initially tweeted an apology for “outrageous and taboo” jokes, later releasing an extended assertion, taking “full duty” for his actions.
“My phrases of practically a decade in the past had been, on the time, completely failed and unlucky efforts to be provocative,” his assertion learn. “I’ve regretted them for a few years since – not simply because they had been silly, by no means humorous, wildly insensitive, and definitely not provocative like I had hoped, but in addition as a result of they don’t replicate the particular person I’m right this moment or have been for a while.”
In 2011, Gunn had apologised in a press release to the organisation Glaad (previously the Homosexual & Lesbian Alliance In opposition to Defamation) for a lot of blogposts that contained crude jokes about homosexual comic-book characters.
Gunn’s credit additionally embrace the 2006 horror Slither and he was set to reboot Starsky & Hutch TV sequence. The Guardians franchise has made greater than $1.6bn (£1.2bn) worldwide up to now and the third was anticipated to be launched in 2020.