‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Fired Over Old Tweets

James Gunn, director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies, has been fired from the third installment of the series over his old Twitter posts featuring jokes about pedophilia and rape, according to The Hollywood Reporter. On Thursday, conservative figures like Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich resurfaced Gunn’s old posts seemingly because of his anti-Trump views. In response to the backlash, Gunn tweeted that he was a “provocateur” when he started out, making movies “that were outrageous and taboo.” He continued, saying he has since “developed as a person.” “So has my work and my humor,” he said. Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said that the “offensive attitudes and statements” in Gunn’s tweets are “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s value,” resulting in the end of their business relationship. Cernovich told The Daily Beast: "Disney took the right first step, but it's time to do an open investigation into all of Hollywood. That this was conducted in the open is disturbing and leaves one to wonder what happens no one is around."