The information about James Gunn probably needs to go over into the Random Musings thread, but I’ll add it here because I started it here.
Latest information is that Disney won’t reverse their decision. Public opinion is Disney is in the wrong for what they did, and they reacted without looking into why it happened.
Bobcat Gothwait pointed out that he really should be removed from the World of Color: Villains attraction that’s going to be opening soon. He reprised his character of Pain from Hercules for it and he doesn’t want Disney to appear hypocritical:
You see here’s the deal, years ago I made a lot of sarcastically shocking and offensive jokes. Many that I’m embarrassed about now, and I’d hate to make you guys look bad seeing that I’m openly critical of the president and his administration, and you seem to be taking your lead from some of his radical fringe supporters. I think James Woods may have recorded a voice for this new attraction, too. Why not check out some of his whacky past tweets?! They’re a hoot!
Cast members from Guardians have signed a letter supporting James Gunn and Dave Bautista (Drax) wants out if Gunn’s script isn’t used. At present, Disney looks like they will use his script. Whatever director is hired to take Gunn’s place will make changes to it and that will affect the tone of the movie. That’s what happened with Justice League when Zach Snyder had to leave and Joss Whedon came in.
Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, deleted 20,000 tweets after Gunn was fired. He says they were “written largely off the cuff as ephemera” that he doesn’t need any more, but he also doesn’t want to give trolls things to scrutinize as ammunition. Selma Blair left Twitter in favor of Instagram because Gunn was fired. Others are pointing out that it sets the precedent that no one can grow and learn to be a better person because what they did in the past will always condemn them. Others match this with, “What about forgiveness?”
That’s the difference I see here. If past actions are consistent with current behavior, especially when it comes to things that could result in criminal charges (Weinstein), there is a valid reason to bring those past actions back up. But if they are brought back up to invalidate and discredit someone, as was done to James Gunn, that’s wrong. The words “smear campaign” and “retaliation” could also apply.
We needed #MeToo to help correct problems that have been occurring. But we’re seeing cases that could be called #MeTooFar, where decisions are made in fear and panic. “We can’t have a Harvey Weinstein happen to us. Get rid of them now before we’re tainted.” The dismissals and firings of Garrison Keillor and James Gunn are two examples. We need need to look past the surface so that we don’t have collateral damage that will damage what #MeToo stands for. We need responsibility and reason, not fear and panic.