Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt have finally spoken up after James Gunn was fired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Recall that Disney removed James Gunn as the director after a slew of social media posts he wrote before getting Guardians of the Galaxy surfaced. These problematic tweets touched on rape and paedophilia.
In their response to these horrifying commentaries, Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios chairman, said: “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”
And Gunn issued a statement afterward, apologising for the things he had done in the past, saying:
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”
Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”
One of the stars of the film, Dave Bautista reacted not long after, saying he was not okay with Disney’s decision, adding that he has come to know Gunn as “loving, caring and good natured”.
Now, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana have both spoken up, too, however they did not explicitly declare support for Gunn or displeasure with Disney.
See the tweets below.
It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018