James Gunn, director of the super successful “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, has been dropped by Disney after facing criticism for old tweets about a variety of offensive topics.
Disney released a statement on Friday announcing the move, saying, “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.”
Gunn attempted to avoid the backlash by deleting thousands of old tweets and issuing an apology.
“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,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. “As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”
Gunn released another statement after he was let go, saying in part, “I understand and accept the business decisions taken today…I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be.”
Right-wing blogger Mike Cernovich called Gunn out over the tweets, where he joked about things like pedophilia and masturbating to a then-underaged Justin Bieber.