This morning, Chris Pratt posted an open letter from the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy in support of Director James Gunn.
The letter, posted as an image on Pratt's instagram, was signed by Pratt and co-stars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillen, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker, and included the following caption:
"Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the following statement- signed by our entire cast."
Gunn was fired from his upcoming film, "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3" after tweets the director had posted a decade ago resurfaced. Among the social media posts that led to Gunn's dismissal, were tweets such as "I like when little boys touch me in my silly place.” and "The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!" as well as a number of others.
The controversial tweets were dug up by alt-right social media personality / conspiracity theorist Mike Cernovich (who you may remember from Pizzagate), among others, in response to Gunn's very public criticism of the Trump administration.
Walt Disney Studios chairman, Alan Horn, said “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”
Gunn responded to his firing in a series of tweets, on July 20:
- 1. Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.
- 2. It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.
- 3. In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.
- 4. For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn’t living them out. I know this is a weird statement to make, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it.
- 5. Anyway, that’s the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.
Reaction to the open letter posted on Pratt's instagram has been split, to say the least, as demonstrated in comments from Pratt's followers, which have included everything from praise for the cast for supporting the idea that a person can change, to outrage that the cast is supportive of someone who could make those comments in the first place.