Disney Fires James Gunn After Unearthed Tweets Centering on Pedophilia and Rape

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.

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Don C
July 21, 2018 11:13 am

This is a very poorly researched article. James Gunn had already publicly apologized for all those tweets in 2012 before being hired by Disney so no they did not just sweep it under the rug. Roseanne Bar tweeted the things that got her fired while she was employed by ABC/Disney not 4 years prior. Well actually she did tweet horrible things then and they decided to give her a show. The false equivalency is very bad.

Leo Charles M.
July 21, 2018 12:59 pm

Roseanne was a current employee, under scrutiny and protest before the rehab of her lame-ass show, when she made her racist and unnecessary comments. Then she doubled down on them and had to apologize and retract only after she was fired. Gunn was a struggling artist with a meager platform, admitted mental health issues, and a bad idea about how to get attention in an impossibly competitive field. I won’t ever defend the content of those tweets, but they really… Read more »

CheckTheCircuit-Furious Fievel
July 21, 2018 4:16 pm

I think what bothered me the most is how Gunn himself handled it. 1. He never deleted the old tweets.(which says a lot) 2. When he made his new statement he never said “I’m sorry” and he never newly apologized again, only noting his past apology. 3. He wasn’t some kid, he made those tweets as a grown ass man in his 40s. 4. The tweet about rape was especially heinous, a crime which has ral victims. 5. He said… Read more »

Daniel Smith
July 21, 2018 4:25 pm

“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.”

prove it.

Rachel E.
July 22, 2018 12:36 pm

This reads like someone who is trying to be woke and ignore the nuance of what this happening means. If I was Gunn I would sue Disney since the “controversy” was 1. manufactured and 2. based on 10-year-old tweets that were brought to the surface and taken to task before even being hired by the Mouse. Are you saying that a company as powerful as Disney isn’t aware of past controversies? They are and he was still hired. Not to… Read more »