The Year of Twitter Banning
Earlier this year, Twitter went crazy and started banning pages that people claimed spread hateful messages. Even if the message wasn’t hateful, if it had certain key words and phrases, the page was deleted. Unfortunately, mine was one of them. I was really upset at first, but then I realized something. I was doing those things on my old page, saying a lot of things that could potentially harm me in the future. So, on my new page, I started with a new slate and direction. No more hurtful statements. I’ve become way more conscious of what I put out in the world, and now I’m reminded again of this moment by what happened today with James Gunn.
On Friday, July 20th, 2018, Disney Studios fired James Gunn, director of the third volume of Guardians of the Galaxy, after conservative commentators discovered old tweets from the director. At first, I was like “How bad can It be?” Then I saw them, and I was blown away. I read jokes about pedophilia, rape, and lewd actions that I can’t even repeat to myself. It was appalling. Now, keep in mind that these are tweets all the way from 2009 to 2012, but you’d have to ask yourself, how has no one brought this up before?
Not the First
As it turns out, they did, and it seems to have been swept under the rug. This time, however, the addition of conservative activists has led Disney to respond. This is not the first time the Mouse brought his swift justice to a celebrity. Earlier this year, Roseanne Barr tweeted racial commentary, and her show was canceled just as fast. Roseanne was also a controversial selection to the ABC TV Network from her past, but Disney gave her a show anyway. This just goes to show you that Disney was willing to ignore a lot for the bottom line, the bag.
Fair or Not?
Now, I know what you’re thinking. This isn’t fair. Well, guess what? It isn’t. People like the Diversity & Comics guy and Ethan Van Sciver can go online and spew some of the most toxic and hateful rhetoric the world has ever seen, and nothing happens to them. Here’s the difference. They don’t work for Disney. You know, that place renowned for making content for children? Yea, THAT Disney, and the optics for these James Gunn tweets are way worse now than they were in 2012.
People Want Action
After #MeToo and #TimesUp, people want action, and they want it now. So if you plan to do something in any type of entertainment, delete your old tweets. Trust me. Smart people learn from their mistakes. Wise people learn from the mistakes of others. No one is bigger than the brand. No one.
Future of Guardians
The search for a new director for the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise continues.
Disney calling Taika: “Hey big head…”
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