The Guardians of the Galaxy cast members have had strong reactions to the news, with actor Michael Rooker, who played Yondu in the first two films, deleting his Twitter profile after posting one final, angry tweet about why he was leaving.
He wrote: “This account will be inactive after today. We’re very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLS–T… neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it. Thank you to all who gave kind words & support. See you on Instagram.”
Gunn, who can be seen above in a video from last year when the Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout ride was opened at Disneyland, was fired last week after obscene posts he’d tweeted as far back as 2009, but which had since been deleted, were exposed. Other cast members, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista tweeted their support, while fans have started an online petition to reinstate Gunn.
Selma Blair tweeted: “Marvel: RE-HIRE JAMES GUNN – Sign the Petition! https://chn.ge/2JIuUrB via @Change. Because if people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving? This man is one of the good ones.”
The tweets that were deleted joked about pedophilia and rape. Gunn seemed to accept Disney’s decision, issuing a statement that read in part: “Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, 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: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies.” He described the tweets as “stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped.” ~Alexandra Heilbron
Marvel: RE-HIRE JAMES GUNN – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/JeVbFZkQLL via @Change. Because if people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving? This man is one of the good ones.
— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) July 22, 2018
I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018
It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018