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Director James Gunn Fired From 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' After Offensive Tweets Surface

Director James Gunn Fired From 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' After Offensive Tweets Surface

James Gunn has reportedly been removed as director from Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

According to THR, the 51-year-old director’s old tweets focused on “controversial topics such as pedophelia and rape.”

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Alan Horn, the studio’s chairman, confirmed in a statement to Just Jared.

Before completely deleting his Twitter account, Gunn tweeted, “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”

Gunn wrote and directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, starring Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, and more.

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  • Angie

    Just like that, his career is over.

    It’s a shame too because I really enjoyed the first 2 Guardians films.

  • lulubelle

    are people now going to search old tweets to ruin people’s careers? ridiculous

  • dee

    that is such a shame. hes the reason gotg is what it it is…. but those are the consequences and im for it.

  • Amber

    But what did he say????

  • Amber

    I know I’ve tweeted some sh*t back in the day too O_o

  • Phoenix

    “The “Guardians of the Galaxy” series needs a new director … Disney just fired James Gunn over a bunch of horrifically offensive tweets from years ago.

    Gunn made comments about 911, AIDS, the Holocaust and rape. In one of the since-deleted tweets he said, “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!’”

    In another he said, “I like when little boys touch me in my silly place.” The Daily Caller first published the tweets.”

  • Phoenix

    The DM has some of the tweets.

    Director James Gunn, 51, is fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after offensive old tweets with jokes about rape and pedophilia resurface

  • 777

    Did you post multiple jokes about raping 3 yo boys too?

  • Amber

    Not that level of crazy

  • DEADP00L

    What the hell is it with Hollywood and pedophilia?!

  • DEADP00L

    You know that old saying grandmothers used to say? ‘Think before you speak’ ? It should be amended to ‘think before you speak and tweet’.

  • lulubelle

    Amen to that. Social media is a curse.

  • Leilane Sousa

    those tweets were repugnant. I don’t know what the f*ck was he thinking. Rape and pedophilia are the 2 things you should never joke about

  • Vanity

    sicko. being a provocateur is one thing, but his tweets/views are beyond vile & disgusting. glad he was exposed. he & Weinstein should become besties.

  • Lexi

    What’s worse is there are more like him out there and they do all they can to justify it. People should be able to tweet what they want but at the same time there are certain things that they have to know that should never be touched more so if they are famous because at any time, old stuff can be brought back up. Usually it’s idiotic and I don’t see the fuss but this was fully justified and the fact he’s trying to cover his tracks makes it worse.