Guardians of the Galaxy stars break their silence as 129,395 fans sign petition to rehire director James Gunn
As the controversy over Gunn's firing continues to unfold, many stars linked with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise have opened up about the stern step taken by Disney.
Marvel fans had to endure one of the most eventful weekends after it emerged late last week that 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn was fired by Disney over tweets about rape and pedophilia - which many have deemed to be insensitive as well as offensive. As the controversy continues to unfold, many stars linked to the franchise have since opened up about the stern step taken by the studio in the light of the tweets that were posted some 9 to 10 years ago, with the latest ones being Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.
The two stars who have been involved with the Guardians movies since the very beginning took to social media on Monday, breaking their silence over the sudden firing of Gunn while remaining as cryptic as possible.
“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," wrote the Gamora actress, as Pratt chose to put his message through a verse from the Bible.
Unlike Pratt and Saldana, though, fellow actor Dave Bautista appeared to be more vocal in his support for Gunn following his ousting from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. In his post, in fact, Bautista who plays fan-favorite Drax went on to emphasize the gravity of the situation adding: "What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you? Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions? MILLIONS!!! #Redemption #injustice @JamesGunn."
10. Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I'm proud of that. Peace.— Sean Gunn (@seangunn) July 21, 2018
Joining the voices was also Gunn's brother and GOTG's Rocket Raccoon, Sean Gunn, who in a series of 10 tweets brought to light how James went through a struggle to find his voice - which was sometimes "misguided", "downright stupid", and yet "wonderful, moving, and hilarious". Before ending his message, the Guardians actor appealed to the fans to continue watching and appreciating the movies.
A similar stand was taken by actress Selma Blair as well, who urged Marvel to re-hire Gunn via an online Change.org petition, started by fans, and which has already garnered over 129,000 signatures by Monday morning.
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