Recently, James Gunn was fired from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise over offensive tweets. This would be shocking, but the climate in Tinseltown has turned even more self-righteous than usual following the 2017 Hollywood Reformation.
I like James Gunn a lot. I don’t think he is a child predator, and frankly, those jokes weren’t as bad as they have been made out to be. However, it is difficult to feel entirely sympathetic to his plight.
James Gunn has enthusiastically supported the “#MeToo Movement” which hasn’t been very diligent about the innocence of its targets, like Aziz Ansari.
Sexual assault is never acceptable, but words are not assault. An insensitive joke or a crude phrase is not the same thing as rape. To construe the two actions makes a mockery of the real traumatic experience that people face. While harassment is awful and shouldn’t happen to anyone, it is not the same as assault and shouldn’t be treated as such.
I don’t believe he should have been fired, but I don’t think he should be rehired either. Both Marvel (by extension Disney) and Gunn should ideally come out of this learning that this type of behavior isn’t sustainable and stop participating in it.
If you are going to warp society to suit your fancies, there will be consequences. Don’t blame people like the “Alt-Right,” for haphazard mistakes made in the heat of the moment. Perhaps we can move past kneejerk reactions and focus on actually helping people.