The Guardians of the Galaxy cast is breaking its silence on the firing of James Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two films and was set to helm the upcoming installment. He was ousted after tweets of his from a decade ago made light of pedophilia and rape resurfaced online. He apologized for the posts and said they do not represent who he is.
Zoe Saldana tweeted: "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."
Chris Pratt weighed in with a Bible verse: "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger."
Karen Gillan wrote, "Love to every single member of my GOTG family." She added, "Just to clarify, I’ll speak more on this later but just wanted to make sure that was out there. Love to you all."
Michael Rooker, who played Yondu, said he was leaving Twitter over the controversy.
"This account will be inactive after today," Rooker wrote. "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."
Pal Selma Blair (she doesn’t appear in the franchise), promoted a petition to have Disney rehire him. She commented, "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."