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James Gunn Fired From ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Over Offensive Tweets | Deadline

James Gunn Fired From ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Over Offensive Tweets | Deadline

Source: James Gunn Fired From ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Over Offensive Tweets | Deadline

James Gunn has been removed as director of the Guardians Of The Galaxy series after a batch of old social media dispatches were unearthed that touched on areas like pedophilia and rape.

The more I think about this situation, the worse I feel. I was sorta familiar with his work through cultural osmosis. He was part of the schlock-horror studio Troma. I was aware of Troma through The Toxic Avenger, but because I’m not a huge horror fan, Troma films never really appeared on my radar. Gunn made a couple of really good Marvel movies, and now he got in trouble because of some offensive tweets he made 10 years ago.

From what I’d seen, people had already expressed concerns about Gunn when Disney/Marvel chose him to direct the first Guardians movie, back in 2012. The Hollywood Reporter has an article here:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/guardians-galaxy-director-james-gunn-395796

So, he made some homophobic jokes on his blog, and he got called out on it. Gunn apologized and has endeavored to do better. Disney/Marvel then allowed him to direct Guardians and the sequel, and Gunn, I believe, was hard at work on the next Guardians script as all this went down. The resurfaced tweets come from 2008, when Gunn was only a indie film director who made no-budget horror. I don’t think 2008 Gunn would’ve believed you if you told him that 10 years from now, he’d direct two blockbuster films for Disney.

What’s galling is that the tweets were surfaced by a conservative commentator who decided to dig up some old shit by Gunn because Gunn is a dyed-in-the-wool Hollywood liberal who hates Trump. Now, the right wing’s hatred for Hollywood liberals isn’t news. The news is that Disney decided to side with the commentator instead of sticking with their original decision of keeping Gunn on after he sincerely apologized for his gross jokes back in 2012. It’s outrage culture run rampant.

Gunn should be reinstated. I’ve seen some arguments where people have pointed out that Disney fired Gunn but has kept Johnny Depp, despite the alleged domestic abuse he incurred on his ex Amber Heard. (Oh, and I was freaking out over the image of the pair of them sharing the same green room at SDCC, since the 2nd Fantastic Beasts film and Aquaman both had Hall H panels on Saturday. Who’s the bright exec who came up with that idea?) Disney has allowed John Lasseter to carry on in a consulting capacity at Disney Animation despite his gross behavior. Why the double standard, Disney? Why get rid of Gunn when he only make jokes, while keeping people who have actually engaged in gross behavior on?

The court of public opinion is still out on this, but I don’t know if I could watch a Guardians movie without Gunn’s involvement.

Random Thoughts on Luke Cage Season 2

Random Thoughts on Luke Cage Season 2

Luke Cage is my fave Netflix Marvel series so I had high hopes and I’m quite happy with it. The music is still brilliant. The bad guy is pretty compelling and Mariah is still the best. Also Misty is still awesome and this show is still my happy place.

I also admit I haven’t watched Iron Fist because I’ve heard not great things, but the banter between Luke and Danny in Luke Cage season 2 is wonderful and Danny wasn’t nearly as insufferable as he was in Defenders and the Power-Man/Iron Fist buddy fight scene was actually pretty dang good. I love the Patty Cake ending when the Unstoppable Force (Danny’s fist) meets the Immovable Object (Luke’s open hand). Perfection. They actually made me like Danny. Go figure.

Also, Mariah spent so much of her life trying to flee from the reputation her family name carried. She wanted to be as legit and law-abiding as possible, and yet she still wanted everything. Her “I am owed!” is the cry of every woman who’s ever been trapped, ever been victimized, and Mariah had the means to lash out. I mean, she still screwed everything up, but she makes for a compelling villain because her selfishness is earned. She deserves everything because she suffered so much. She hated the Stokes family, and yet her power is built upon what her grandmother started. I do love Mariah, so much. It’s extremely rare to have an older WOC role in general, and Alfre Woodard just took Mariah and carried her to new heights.

tl;dr I love complex female characters like Mariah

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and it’s understandably difficult to focus on celebrating one’s country while everything is…happening…all at once. And it’s disheartening to know that The Powers That Be dislike you on a fundamental level. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but I need to get some thoughts out.

Patriotism does not equal nationalism. To be a patriot is to love your country, and because you love your country, you want to make it better. You want to see it succeed and live up to its full potential. This might mean having to disagree with the government sometimes. People have fought for civil liberties since the inception of this country, and I don’t think that will change. I can’t shake the fact that my parents came to America in search of a better life, and for the most part, they succeeded. It’s ridiculous, but I can’t help but sorta like this country that gave my parents and myself a chance. So, I want to see America be better. It can always be better.

Nationalism is frightening. Nationalism is “my country, right or wrong.” And honestly, that is terrifying. Despite the rebellious streak that many nationalists claim to have, they’re locked into following the government blindly. They accept the rhetoric. They believe it when 45 claims that the free press is fake news. They will go to horrific lengths to support those views. Critical thinking goes out the window, because an informed electorate is harder to control.

So what can we, as informed citizens, do? Honestly? I really don’t have a great answer. Staying informed and proactive is probably the best thing for any American. But always remember that if it gets overwhelming, step away from it. Self-care is the most important thing. You can’t fight if you feel like shit. Be an ally to the most vulnerable among us. Um, vote and encourage others to do so. Remember: the worst thing for this current administration is an informed electorate. Do your homework. Research. Vote for progressive policies. Vote for progressive representatives. Protest, if you’re able to. And most of all, don’t lose hope.

Be a patriot.