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Chris Pratt And Zoe Saldana Broke Their Silence On James Gunn's Firing

Both actors hinted that they support the former writer and director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

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It was announced late last week that Disney had fired James Gunn as writer and director of the third instalment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after conservative activists unearthed old tweets in which he joked about pedophilia.

Alt-right online figure Jack Posobiec was among those who shared screenshots of old tweets from Gunn in which he made unsavoury jokes about children.
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Alt-right online figure Jack Posobiec was among those who shared screenshots of old tweets from Gunn in which he made unsavoury jokes about children.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Gunn revealed that he regretted the tweets and said they didn't reflect the person he is today.

He said:

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.

Well, now two of the main stars from the Guardians franchise – Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana – have broken their silence on his firing, and hinted that they support the filmmaker.

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Zoe posted this tweet in which she revealed it had been a "challenging" time but added that she loves "all members of the Guardians of the Galaxy family."

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.

She went on to like two tweets in support of James Gunn – firstly, this one from Selma Blair in which she called Gunn "one of the good ones."

Marvel: RE-HIRE JAMES GUNN - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/JeVbFZkQLL via @Change. Because if people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving? This man is one of the good ones.

And she also liked this one which contained a tweet purportedly from the account of Mike Cernovich – the right wing media personality who re-surfaced offensive tweets by Gunn shortly before he was fired.

@zoesaldana He has a ton of support. I don't support what he said but to know that the one who got him fired said the following is unsettling. https://t.co/6T89TJzAzc

Meanwhile, Chris Pratt shared this Bible passage which has been widely interpreted as a reference to the situation.

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” JAMES 1:19 🙏♥️

And too went on to like further tweets, including this one from Karen Gillan.

Love to every single member of my GOTG family.