Saturday, 21 July 2018

Let's Talk About James Gunn

So James Gunn was released yesterday from Marvel/Disney as director for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 3 for offensive tweets he put out six years ago. As an advocate of a joke is a joke, I think this is absolute nonsense. If James Gunn had used these jokes to attack some one personally who had suffered from child abuse or rape it would be another story. People who suffered may have seen it but it wasn't a personal attack, it was put on a platform where any one can see it.

His jokes were tasteless and offensive, but they're still jokes. They were posted to shock and offend, which is a more popular comedic style now. Anyone who has seen anything from Frankie Boyle or Jimmy Carr know how successful that kind of cringe-shock-humor can be, so why wouldn't James Gunn post some offensive jokes for his fans to roll there eyes at? I mean the man started his career at Troma studios, and if you've ever seen any of their films, you know they're not tasteful.

So let's talk about Disney/Marvel for a second. They said that the comments were unacceptable, but do you really think they give a damn? If they did they would have done their research before they hired the man for the first film, which came out four years ago only, two years after the jokes were made. It looks to me that Disney don't care what you do, as long as no one finds out about it. 

James Gunn apologized for the tweets, saying that they were there to offend and shock for the sake of comedy. Dave Bautista tweeted about it this morning in his support for his friend, saying he is not okay with what's happened, and I got to wonder what the rest of the cast think. I don't think a man should be punished by losing his job for what amounts to people being offended by a joke.

If he broke a law or targeted someone for hateful and hurtful comments then yes, fire him, but he didn't. He tried to be funny, and that doesn't mean he should lose his job on the franchise he has made so successful, making a once little known comic book saga into a really entertaining and funny film.

I wish James Gunn all the best for his future. If there is one silver lining, now that he doesn't have to worry about Guardians I might get a sequel to The Belko Experiment. Richee

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