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Disney Drops ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director Over ‘Indefensible’ Tweets

Posted on | July 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Disney Drops ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director Over ‘Indefensible’ Tweets


James Gunn, who directed the Disney-owned Guardians of the Galaxy superhero movies series, had recently used his Twitter account (with more than 500,000 followers) to bash President Trump.


Gunn’s unapologetic leftism attracted scrutiny from Trump supporters, including Mike Cernovich, who discovered and publicized Gunn’s old tweets making tasteless jokes about rape and pedophilia.

The ironic point, that Gunn had applauded Roseanne Barr’s firing from Disney-owned ABC because of her offensive tweet about former Obama White House official Valerie Jarrett, seems to have been missed by Gunn’s defenders. At any rate, Disney was not amused:

James Gunn is exiting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
The move comes after conservative personalities resurfaced old tweets Thursday in which the filmmaker joked about controversial topics such as pedophilia and rape. Gunn has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
“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,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement Friday.

There is a debate among conservatives about whether this was a good thing. Do we really want to play by the Left’s rules?

The counter-argument here is that only when the left is forced to live by the awful rules it tolerates for the right will the rules change. . . .
Maybe this is a teaching moment for the left but I sort of doubt they’ll get anything out of it. They don’t really think they’ll ever pay a price because they’re absolutely certain they are on the side of the angels (about everything). So I think the main thing to do here is to keep saying that social media mobs are a bad thing and not stop saying it just because the mob got someone on the left this time.

Streiff at Red State points out:

Hunting through people’s writings and social media comments is not something we invented. It isn’t conservatives who demand people be fired for WrongThink. It isn’t conservatives who SWAT people. It isn’t conservatives who harass kids of political targets or assault them in restaurants. But those are the new rules. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to go along with unilateral disarmament and unconditional surrender.

An important point to mention here is, Disney is the Left. Think about that. This gigantic entertainment conglomerate, a famous family-oriented brand, is controlled by people who didn’t mind hiring a guy who constantly spewed anti-Trump rhetoric on his Twitter feed. It was only when Gunn’s history of joking in ways certain to offend the feminist #MeToo mobs that he became a liability Disney couldn’t afford.

By the way, there are some who suggest that Gunn wasn’t just “joking” about pedophilia. Gunn is friends with Huston Huddleston, who recently pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.



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