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Dave Bautista’s Outcry Against “Nauseating” Disney Sparks a National Dialogue

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Guardians of the Galaxy may take a turn for the worse in its upcoming release. Controversial tweets posted by Guardians director James Gunn have recently resurfaced, prompting Disney to end his contract for the third movie release. Actor Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the series, is leading the outcry to bring back Gunn to the film and restore his reputation.

Why Gunn was Fired from the Third (and possibly final) Movie

In late July, Disney fired James Gunn for offensive tweets he posted from 2008-2012. Many of the tweets made satire out of sensitive issues including rape, pedophilia, HIV/AIDS, terrorism, and even genocide.

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Disney made it very clear that they would not let Gunn’s comments slide. Alan Horn, chairman of Disney, made a statement that Disney could not keep the director on because his statements were clearly out of line with Disney’s values, However, Bautista and many others feel that Gunn should’ve been given a second chance.

Bautista’s Defense: A Smear Campaign on a Good Man

However offensive Gunn’s jokes may have been, actor Dave Bautista came to his longstanding friend’s defense in a Tweet against Disney. He said: “I will do what I’m legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. It’s also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis. That’s just how I feel.”

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Prior to this statement, Bautista came to Gunn’s defense in a Shortlist interview. He stated, “Nobody’s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man.” His comments about a “smear campaign” were in reference to the group of alt-right affiliates who brought the Tweets to light after so many years. They presumably did so in retaliation of Gunn’s openly liberal policial views.

GOTG Family Supports Gunn After His Apology

Bautista is not the only one who believes Gunn’s firing was an overreaction to a wrongdoing of the past. The Guardians of the Galaxy cast released a statement in defense of Gunn, as well as thousands of fans who have signed a Change.org petition. So far the petition has received over 350,000 signatures.

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Gunn defended his stance, saying that his tweets were meant to be shocking, but admits they were in poor taste and he has grown as an individual. He also posted on Twitter, “…I am very, very different than I was a few years ago…My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”

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