After James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney over controversial tweets from a decade ago, he was met by a wave of support from fans and people from Hollywood, most notably the entire cast of the Guardians franchise. Some people quit Twitter as a show of support, including actress Selma Blair. She has since continued to back Gunn after his firing. and while it's still unclear if Disney will rehire him over the backlash, Blair recently explained the situation is more nuanced than it appears.
I think it's a nuanced thing and I think nuance matters more than people think. I think each situation matters, and this was years ago and there was a time where jokes were jokes and I'm not defending jokes that offended people or not but things are taken out of context and this just happens to be someone who I know his character.
Since Disney fired James Gunn for tweets joking about rape an pedophilia from 10 years ago, a debate has sparked over whether it was the right or wrong move from the Mouse House. The crux of the argument is that while the tweets are generally considered to be in poor taste, Gunn is not the same person that he was 10 years ago, nor is the political landscape that the jokes were originally told in. People continue to debate whether someone can be held accountable for old social media posts, and while Selma Blair is not defending the tweets themselves, she knows the character of the man who made them.
Even though she doesn't expect Disney to pay any attention to her, Blair continued to tell TMZ that it was still important to show support and have a balance between the two opposing sides of the argument.
I'm not in the business of thinking a company would change its business practices by anything a nobody like me tweets, but support is just important. When you're up against a mob mentality and there's a wonderful mob that stands behind him and people like him too so I hope we always have that balance in this country.
As people continue to support or attack James Gunn, the fate of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is up in the air. Marvel has made no announcement regarding the film, whether it will be delayed, or the search for a director. It's unknown if the studio is currently searching for a new director or who would be on the list to helm the movie.
There have been conflicting reports over whether or not Disney is evaluating the decision to rehire Gunn, but you can bet that we will be paying close attention to the situation, so stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest updates.