Disney Fires ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director Over Offensive Tweets


James Gunn is the creative force behind the two “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, which have collected a combined $1.6 billion worldwide.

LOS ANGELES — Disney fired the creative force behind its “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie franchise on Friday after jokes he wrote on Twitter several years ago involving pedophilia and rape were resurfaced.

It was the second such dismissal in two days in Hollywood, which has been trying to demonstrate zero tolerance for offensive behavior in response to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

James Gunn, who wrote and directed the Marvel superhero film “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014 and delivered a smash sequel in 2017, wrote the bulk of the tweets that got him fired from 2009 to 2012. They resurfaced this week, apparently after Mr. Gunn harshly criticized President Trump on Twitter, prompting two far-right provocateurs, Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec, to search through Mr. Gunn’s social media history.

Mr. Gunn apologized late Thursday. “I used to make a lot of offensive jokes,” he said in a tweet on his account, which has since been deleted. “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.”

But the consequences for offensive comments now come quickly in Hollywood, which has become hypersensitive to offensive behavior. And slaps on the…

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