The Guardians of the Galaxy Cast Have Written an Open Letter Defending James Gunn and We Don’t Know How to Feel

The Guardians of the Galaxy Cast Have Written an Open Letter Defending James Gunn and We Don't Know How to Feel

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy have drafted an open letter in support of shamed director James Gunn, who was fired from Marvel’s blockbuster franchise last week.

Gunn, who helmed the first two films in the series, was let go from the third film by Walt Disney after a series of his old tweets resurfaced. Unsurprisingly the posts, which included jokes about paedophilia, AIDS, rape and even the Holocaust, caused an outcry amongst movie fans.

At first the cast refused to discuss the furore, but have now come forward in support of Gunn, with an open letter shared to social media.

In the letter, the group say: “Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future. His story isn’t over – not by a long shot.

“James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial.

“Given the growing political divide in this country, it’s safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponising mob mentality.”

However, Disney spokesperson Alan Horn said Gunn’s tweets were “indefensible” and “inconsistent with our studio’s values.” Gunn shared the controversial tweets between 2008 and 2011, before he began working with Disney and Marvel.

Fans are divided about Gunn’s letter, and took to Twitter to express their feelings on the matter.

Some stood behind the director

Whereas others felt Gunn got what he deserved

Gunn has issued an apology for his tweets, sharing a statement that said: “I have apologised for humour of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.”

There are now two petitions circling the web, one asking Disney to bring Gunn back as director of GotG III, and another begging the company not to. As of writing, the petition for his rehire is ahead of the game, with 368,006 signatures to 3,790, but both are rising rapidly.

Which will you be signing? Tell us in the comments!

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