A week after Disney gave Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn the boot for offensive tweets he wrote a decade ago, the franchise’s cast has signed an open letter in support of him.
Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista and (James’ brother) Sean Gunn all signed the letter and published it via their social media accounts.
They note that they are not defending his tweets, which made light of rape and pedophilia, but that they believe Disney moved too fast.
"Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future. His story isn’t over — not by a long shot," the group wrote, in part. "There is little due process in the court of public opinion. James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in this country, it’s safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality."
Upon news of his dismissal, Gunn accepted the decision and apologized for his jokes."I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time," he said. "Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today."