It has been recently reported that movie director James Gunn has a lengthy record of making pedophilia jokes and references over social media. He even set-up a personal blog to serve as an archive for his material.
People across the political spectrum voiced their criticisms of Gunn and the disgusting content. Republican Senator Ted Cruz had a particularly interesting response when he reminded people that he used to be Texas’ solicitor general where he “handled far too many [cases featuring] child sexual assaults.”
The Texas Republican said there could be a legal battle in Gunn’s future.
“Wow. These #JamesGunn tweets are just horrible. Child rape is no laughing matter,” Cruz tweeted. “As Texas SG, I handled far too many child sexual assaults. Truly evil. I’m glad Disney fired him, but if these tweets are true, he needs to be prosecuted.”
Wow. These #JamesGunn tweets are just horrible. Child rape is no laughing matter. As Texas SG, I handled far too many child sexual assaults. Truly evil. I’m glad Disney fired him, but if these tweets are true, he needs to be prosecuted. pic.twitter.com/1IgHC18J4x
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 21, 2018
Gunn has acknowledged the content and apologized for the old behavior from a “past self.” He was subsequently fired from his post as director for the highly anticipated completion to the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy.
Time Magazine has more on Gunn:
Gunn apologized for the old tweets Friday after his firing, echoing similar sentiments he expressed on Twitter a day earlier.
“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,” Gunn said in a statement. “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.”
Here’s how some people responded to Cruz and Gunn:
Who repeatedly jokes about raping children? Only a pedophile mind even goes there
— Jacki Vinson (@jackivinson) July 21, 2018
Next time you think about defending pedophilia, don’t
— Bad Liberal 💎 🦉🇺🇸 (@TrueCOPatriot) July 21, 2018
Better get the FBI on the case and figure out if this is true pic.twitter.com/iXIc4IfC8a
— PeterNorway (@classiclib3ral) July 21, 2018
Some others, like Marvel film star Dave Bautista and comedian Michael Ian Black, came to Gunn’s defense and said he should not be fired or ostracised for the decade-old content, per Polygon:
Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista defended his longtime director, James Gunn, after Gunn was fired from Disney yesterday following backlash from a far-right blogger over offensive and controversial decade-old tweets.
“I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this,” Bautista, who plays Drax in the films, tweeted. “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. He’s made mistakes. We all have. I’m not ok with what’s happening to him.”
Bautista’s remarks represent the first public acknowledgement of the situation from a member of the Guardians cast, but he’s not alone in condemning Disney’s actions. Comedians like Patton Oswalt and Rufus Hound have also expressed their own frustrations and concerns over Gunn’s firing.