The firing of James Gunn from Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” this past Friday is still a topic being widely discussed in the film industry, with more and more people weighing in on the decision publicly.
One such person is Thanos co-creator Jim Starlin who has given a statement in which he says while Gunn’s tweets were “distasteful and stupid, but clearly meant to be foolishly provocative rather than taken as advocacy”. As a result, he puts the blame on the studio for caving to “Breitbart hatchet men” and saying “Disney accepted a ridiculous apple and oranges argument and made one hell of a bad call”.
Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait has also called out the studio, and has asked them to remove his voice from the World of Color attraction because of his past history of sarcastically shocking and offensive jokes. Goldthwait played Pain in 1997’s “Hercules” and reprised the role in voice work for an upcoming attraction.
Roseanne Barr, who herself was fired by Disney-owned ABC for a tweet involving a racist remark which she dubbed a ‘joke’, has not been happy with all the support from fans and media Gunn has been receiving following his dismissal. Barr tweeted: “I’m disgusted to read all of the support for James Gunn’s paedophile jokes-as the same people supported blacklisting me for a joke they didn’t even understand.”
Meanwhile the petition to get Disney to re-hire James Gunn at Change.org continues to swell with support with 274,000 signatures at this point. At the same time “Rick and Morty” co-creator Dan Harmon has found himself under fire when right-wing blogs pulled up video of a skit from “Daryl,” a ten-year-old pilot for a parody of Showtime’s “Dexter” in which he simulates raping a baby doll. Harmon has also previously apologized for the video and Adult Swim issued a statement but according to all indications Harmon is continuing on with “Rick and Morty”.