“Guardians of the Galaxy” director, James Gunn, has been fired by Disney after inappropriate tweets resurfaced recently. Tweets from more than 10 years ago were recently the subject of discussion once again, leading to Gunn being fired as director on “Guardians of the Glaxy Vol. 3.” Now Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the movie series, is speaking out in defense of James Gunn.
As BBC News reports, Bautista has taken to social media in order to offer his support of the other man, saying that he is “not okay” with Disney’s decision to fire Gunn, even after he has repeatedly apologized for the decade old tweets. In his post on Twitter, the actor said that James Gunn is “one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals.” Dave Bautista acknowledged that people do make mistakes, but that the person Gunn is today, is not who he was when he posted the offensive tweets.
The social media posts that led to James Gunn’s firing had to do with both pedophilia and rape, which is ultimately why Disney chose to part ways with the director. Although he has previously apologized for the tweets, and did so after they resurfaced, explaining that he has long regretted his words, even as they were meant to be satirical or even offered up with a sense of humor behind them, this was not enough for the home of Marvel.
I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018
Since posting his defense of Gunn, Bautista has been on the receiving end of both supportive tweets, as well as those that were rather critical of his stance. For the most part though, it seems as if Dave Bautista is being hailed as a very good person who is willing to “stick their neck out” for someone they like and perhaps even consider a friend. Of course, there were those who thought the attempt was misguided, considering the content of the tweets that led to James Gunn being fired.
Ultimately, it seems that the big question is for James Gunn, as people wanted to know why he would have left the tweets on his account if he realized that they were inappropriate and he longer thought that they were acceptable or even remotely funny. While there does not seem to be an answer to this question, at least not yet, it is likely that this situation will continue to be discussed, especially as other actors and entertainment industry professionals join Dave Bautista in speaking up for the director.
In fact, other people have also defended Gunn including, David Dastmalchian, who is part of the “Ant-Man” movies. Although he did not address the firing directly, the actor did share a picture with himself and the director together, along with a caption about the kind of person the other man is, calling him an amazing person both professionally and personally.
i’ve been saying this FOR YEARS! @jamesgunn is one of the most amazing people i’ve ever known – both professionally & personally. there are so many people in our lives that we would never have known without the incredible magnet of talent & goodness that is james (& his awesome partner in life, @jenniferlholland). thanks for making us a part of your family, buddy.
While Dave Bautista might be defending James Gunn over tweets that are at least 10 years old, it seems as if Disney is firm on their decision to let the director go from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” It remains to be seen how else these resurfaced tweets will effect the director and his career.
By Kimberley Spinney
BBC America – James Gunn: Dave Bautista defends Guardians of the Galaxy director
Dave Bautista’s Twitter
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