Disney axes director over offensive tweets

Guardians of the Galaxy
franchise director James Gunn has been axed from the third movie over a series of offensive messages posted on Twitter several years ago.

The tweets, mainly from 2008 and 2011, joked about taboo topics such as rape and paedophilia.

Disney, which owns the franchise as the parent company of Marvel Studios, said the studio was parting ways with one of its biggest stars.

“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,” said Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Mr. Gunn has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and has drawn the ire of conservative critics, who dug up the tweets.

“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,” Mr. Gunn wrote on Twitter after the offensive tweets resurfaced on Thursday.

“As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humour.” Mr. Gunn, who has deleted his account, described himself as a “very, very different” person than when he wrote the tweets, now focussing on love rather than anger.

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