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8 Months After Getting Fired for Stupid Tweets, James Gunn Is Renamed Guardians of the Galaxy Director

Sometimes, reason wins out.

Sthanlee Mirador/Sipa USA/NewscomSthanlee Mirador/Sipa USA/NewscomJames Gunn will return to direct the third film of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, multiple outlets are reporting. The news comes nearly eight months after The Walt Disney Company fired Gunn over a series of offensive, years-old, tweets.

After he was fired, Disney condemned Gunn's past social media posts, which included bad jokes about violence and sexual assault against children. Gunn also apologized, saying he was a different person when he wrote the tweets in question. According to Deadline, Gunn attended several meetings with Walt Disney Studios President Alan Horn, and eventually Disney decided to shift course.

In the aftermath of Gunn's firing, Guardians of the Galaxy stars penned an open letter expressing their support for him. While they didn't defend his Twitter posts, they did note Gunn has clearly changed as a person. A Change.org petition calling for Disney to rehire Gunn has garnered nearly 430,000 signatures.

Deadline, which confirmed Gunn's return with both Marvel and Gunn's representatives, was the first to report the decision to reinstate him. The Wrap and Polygon also confirmed the news.

"I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be," Gunn wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. "I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all."

This is a good decision. Gunn's tweet jokes were in very poor taste, but they were just that—jokes. They only resurfaced because right-wing trolls dug them up in an attempt to punish Gunn, a liberal, for criticizing conservative pundit Ben Shapiro. Crusades like these are meant to give the left a taste of their own P.C. medicine, which requires supposed free speech advocates on the far right to do what they say everyone should stop doing—weaponizing identity politics. While folks on the right may have done what they did to Gunn for different reasons, the end result is the same: interesting people and ideas were sidelined over tastless but largely harmless statements and positions.

In addition to directing the third Guardians movie, Gunn is working on the Suicide Squad sequel, which takes place in the D.C. Comics cinematic universe and is set for an August 2021 release. He'll now do both films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Just Say'n||

    "Gunn's tweet jokes were in very poor taste, but they were just that—jokes. They only resurfaced because right-wing trolls dug them up in an attempt to punish Gunn, a liberal, for criticizing conservative pundit Ben Shapiro. Crusades like these are meant to give the left a taste of their own P.C. medicine, which requires supposed free speech advocates on the far right to do what they say everyone should stop doing—weaponizing identity politics. While folks on the right may have done what they did to Gunn for different reasons, the end result is the same: interesting people and ideas were sidelined over tastless but largely harmless statements and positions."

    Pretty sure the takeaway is that if you have the right politics you get away with it. Because if what you said was true then Roseanne wouldn't have lost her career and your publication wouldn't have celebrated her firing while mourning the loss of Gunn.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Just Say'n: our very own Daily Wire/Daily Caller/Hot Take generator.

  • Just Say'n||

    Oh yeah, it takes a real leap to see what was different between the two situations. Clearly, only a conservative would reach such a conclusion

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Someone obsessed with the lefty/media narrative would instantly reach such a conclusion.

  • Just Say'n||

    Those were both issues that articles were written about. So, I'm obsessed for reading the articles on both topics?

    Your takes are bad today

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Your takes are predictable, as usual.

  • Just Say'n||

    You should try funny again

  • Crusty JuggIer||

    I like to fuck mannequins in my basement. I have one name Chipper with a smooth bump where xis dinky would be if xe were a human man.

  • Crusty JuggIer||

    I like to fuck mannequins in my basement. I have one name Chipper with a smooth bump where xis dinky would be if xe were a human man.

  • Crusty JuggIer||

    I like to fuck mannequins in my basement. I have one name Chipper with a smooth bump where xis dinky would be if xe were a human man.

  • Crusty JuggIer||

    Xis eyes are painted thin like an exotic gentleman of The Orient, but xis skin is porcelain white like an Aryan ghost. I buy xim dinner sometimes before I take xis pants off.

  • ||

    Just Say'n: our very own Daily Wire/Daily Caller/Hot Take generator.

    I'm deeply disappointed by this post's lack of Daily Mail links.

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    Do you remember who celebrated Roseanne being fired? I'm trying to find the past articles.

  • Just Say'n||

    www.reason.com/blog/2018/05/31.....-a-sign-of

    "There's no contradiction in celebrating progress toward a color-blind society while noting that racism still exists. Roseanne Barr's Twitter feed may have been filled with racist, Islamophobic, and misogynist statements prior to her triumphant return to network TV, but who would have been looking carefully at it then? Surely it matters more that she was fired as soon as she made a patently racist remark in public, and that many of the policies that have long harmed blacks as a group are being reformed."

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    Huh. I only recalled the ones Shackford and Soave (IIRC) put out saying she maybe shouldn't have been fired. Maybe Nick is just too old for forgiveness.

  • Just Say'n||

  • Just Say'n||

    Neither "defended her", as you said. Though, Robby had the right take of "this is all so stupid".

  • Lord Blastington||

    Personally think both the firing of Gunn and Barr is BS, tho there is one key difference from both cases, Barr made the offending tweet while under the employment of Disney while Gunn's offending tweets was made years before. Guess the firing of Barr is more comparable with the firing of Wendig

  • Lord Blastington||

    There is something more I would like to add, someone on twitter that claimed to have been in the Comic Book Industry claimed that Chuck Wendig was nearly impossible to work with and get along with, I strongly suspect that him making that tweet was simply the straw that broke the camel's back, and the Reason's blogs about Roseanne Barr pointed out that she has a long history of bad behaviour to the point that it was a surprise that she was even hired to begin with. I now strongly suspect that just like Wendig, there were lots going on behind the scenes and that tweet Barr made was simply the last straw.

    Now if we look at James Gunn from the standpoint of running a business, Gunn provides results AND he gets along well with people he works with. Both Guardians of the Galaxy films were hits critically, financially, and even with fan reception (something we can't say about Capt. Marvel). And he works very well with the cast and crew even developing a friendship with a number of them, to the point that allot of them (even the the ones who were further to the right of Gunn) rushed to his defense when he got fired in the first place. So in regards to running a business, Disney should employ more people like Gunn and less Barrs and Wendigs

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    On the other hand, if Gunn actually is a closeted pedophile, (he has long multi-decade friendships with some and the tweets aren't really funny, they're creepy), and if Disney thinks that that will influence enough movie goers to avoid anything that Gunn has touched .....

  • Lord Blastington||

    There is a presumption of innocence, so unless Hard Evidence comes up we should presume Gunn is not a Pedophile. Something we should all remember even in the MeToo era.

    And as for the Jokes. Normally real Pedophiles try their best to hide the fact that they are pedophiles from the public, and that includes purposely avoiding saying anything related to pedophilia out in the open, so if Gunn was really a pedophile then it would make more logical sense that he would try to avoid the topic in his tweets. Saying Gunn is a Pedo based on jokes alone is like saying someone is a Nazi just for posting a Grossly Offensive Joke with his Pug.

    As for people he had associated with, well as I pointed out real pedos try their best to hide it and some are better at it than others, so it won't surprise me if at that time Gunn had absolutely no idea his former friend is a Pedo. And I willing to bet that one of Gunn's reasons that he stopped making pedophilia jokes was that a person he associated with was revealed to be a pedophile.

    Lets think of it this way, if a guy had coffee with Ted Bundy 2 years before the murder started, dose that alone proves this person share any legal and/or moral responsibility for Bundy's murders

  • Brandybuck||

    Let's not forget the utter creepyiness of Gunn's past comments. Creepiness that flies in the face of the family oriented reputation that Disney has spent most of a century maintaining.

    Joking about molesting children is crossing a line. Even for lefties.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    What's the difference between getting molested and getting beaten?

    How much daddy had to drink.

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    Michael Jackson vs Joe Jackson?

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Creepy.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    How many times can 40 go into 8?

    Get in the van and find out.

  • TLBD||

    Reason is for whatever the elites are for. Liberty is secondary. I wonder if Nick even realizes he works for the man.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Someone's gotta be the man and Nick ain't.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Disney playing politics sealed it for me years ago.

  • Lord Blastington||

    If it was Chuck Wendig that was rehired I might agree that Disney could have some sort of Left Wing Bias.

    However from what I have seen, James Gunn gets along well with others he works with AND provide profitable results (something the company needs after Capt. Marvel), and not to mention unlike Barr and Wendig, Gunn's offending tweets were made years before he was even hired by Disney and afterwards he stopped making Pedo Joke Tweets

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The potential loss of Dave Bautista and his character was probably the thing that put it over the top

  • Crusty JuggIer||

    I PRODUCE FAMOUSLY HUGE TURDS

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    So the old mouse caved, eh? At least we know now that it's acceptable to forgive proggies when they sin.

  • Mickey Rat||

    So does this line of thinking apply to Tucker Carlson?

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Has Tucker been fired?

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    I think his bow tie got fired.

  • Mickey Rat||

    I meant that digging up past questionable quotes to call for someone's firing is a bad faith action.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Agreed.

  • Bubba Jones||

    I think Tucker responded perfectly. "Fuck you".

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    He should have accentuated the point by dragging a progtard off the street and used a cattle prod to shock the progtard's balls repeatedly on the air.

    Something Crusty might like.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    I'm a staunch libertarian, but also how come Reason doesn't take the right side on every Twitter-generated controversy?

  • Just Say'n||

    You're the kind of libertarian who feels the need to defend Bari Weiss

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    I didn't defend anything.

  • Just Say'n||

    I was messing with you, like you do. Take it down a notch

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    I will not, slaver.

  • Thomas O.||

    Hey, leave the old storage-locker vulture alone. :P

  • Crusty JuggIer||

    Weirdly hot in a small and dumpy kinda way

  • Brandybuck||

    See, if you check off all the correct leftie boxes, you can eventually get forgiveness for your past sins. Very creepy sins. Sins that get normal people fired. But if you're not a lefty forget it.

  • ||

    Very creepy sins. Sins that get normal people fired. But if you're not a lefty forget it.

    You can say that again!

    "Very creepy sins. Sins that get normal people fired." Jinx! huh huh!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    See Virginia governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

  • Bubba Jones||

    Social media taketh.

    Social media giveth back.

  • Nardz||

    Good.
    Gunn is a douche, but I really liked GoG 1 and 2. The cast meshes well, and it has more heart than any of the other movies. Don't know if that could've been maintained without Gunn.
    Now he just needs to keep his mouth shot and go about his business with his head down.

  • ||

    only resurfaced because right-wing trolls

    Right-wing trolls... Or Russians?! Think about it!

  • DWB||

    Gotta remember that straight white Christian men are the REAL enemy -- good call!

    /sarc

  • Ken Shultz||

    The great thing about subjecting people to struggle sessions is that they work!

    ---Progressives

  • JediJones||

    Can we please stop using the word "troll" incorrectly as if it meant "a person on the internet I don't like?" "Troll" with respect to the internet means one very specific thing, someone who posts something THEY DON'T ACTUALLY BELIEVE just to try and stir up an argument solely for argument's sake. Since the people attacking James Gunn sincerely believed he should be fired, they are not "trolls" by any definition of the word. To be a "troll" someone would have to not care one bit whether James Gunn was fired or not, but would just try to provoke people who liked Gunn into an argument by attacking him, or vice versa.

  • Mickey Rat||

    The premise here is that they were trying to collect a scalp in trying to turn the tables on this kind of harassment. They did not really care about getting Gunn fired in particular or that he should have been fired for what he said. It was just retaliation. An argument can be made that leftist organizations like Media Matters do not care about the issue, they just want to silence well known voices on the right.

  • Mr. JD||

    So the proper response to left-wing Orwellian hypocrisy is?

  • Marshal||

    It was just retaliation

    Wrong. It was making them live up to their own standard until they changed it. But now that we've legitimaized the double standard we're never getting rid of it.

    Nice job. Hope you didn't hurt yourself patting yourself on your back.

  • Lord Blastington||

    Take it you're a fan of Comrade Alinsky

  • Rockabilly||

    Hollywood blows chunks.........

    FUCK OFF LOSERS!!!

  • Feller||

    If he wasn't making them money they wouldn't allow him back, so I guess he's doing something for them.
    http://www.treeservicesarasota.org/

  • Marshal||

    This is a good decision.

    Sure it is. Now we've normalized that left wingers get a review after the hysteria dies down and can resume their lives while those on the right will continue to be subjected to the crazy. It's perfect for the left: allowing them to keep their weapon but immunizing their allies. We'll definitely get rid of it now.

    I guess only some people think this is a good outcome.

  • Tokiobet||

    Amazing

  • Vulgar Madman||

    Reason celebrates a victory for (leftist) free speech.

  • wreckinball||

    Well thank God the stray liberal who gets caught in te trap escaped.
    Phew
    We libertarians at Reason only want to capture evil conservatives in those traps

    When is Roseanne going to escape

  • Lord Blastington||

    Chuck Wendig is still fired

  • Myshkin78||

    Libertarians should never support Gunn control

  • wreckinball||

    I mean all Gunn did was crtiticize Shapiro nothing more
    And evil white wing trolls then crucified him

    It's not like holy shit he said something disparaging about a gay person or GOD forbid a black person

  • Feller||

    I guess as long as he does a good job on the set, the rest doesn't matter.
    https://www.thetreefellerofpinellas.com

  • Hank Phillips||

    Here's hoping the guy deletes the Shitter account.

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