Luke Cage star Mike Colter took to Twitter to offer his support to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Colter is one of many celebrities to offer words of support to the filmmaker after Gunn’s firing by Disney over some old and offensive tweets.
The Gunn controversy began with far-right conservative groups digging up some of Gunn’s older tweets that mentioned controversial topics, such as rape, pedophilia and jokes about the Holocaust. Gunn, who often took to social media to criticize the current U.S. administration, became a target for those groups, which is what eventually got the attention of his Disney bosses. Disney fired him over the tweets, although Gunn posted them well before he ever took on directing duties for Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn responded with a statement, stating that he regretted the tweets “for many years” and that he takes “full responsibility” for his actions. Many people question the firing, while others demand the company rehire Gunn.
Luke Cage star Mike Colter is the latest celebrity to offer support to Gunn. In a tweet, Colter mentioned that he feels that Disney will rehire Gunn and that the director deserves a “fresh start and clean slate”:
Other celebrities have also spoken out in support of Gunn. Most recently, nine of the leading cast members of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies signed and released an open letter announcing that they “fully support” the director. Although some conservatives would like fans to believe that Gunn actually committed rape and pedophilia, there is no evidence to support that Disney fired him over anything other than the offensive tweets. Support for Gunn, though, is more than overwhelming: an online petition urging Disney to rehire the director now has over 350,000 signatures.
Many other celebrities have also spoken out in support for Gunn. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwaite asked to have his voice removed from a Disney attraction after Gunn’s firing. Other stars publicly speaking out in Gunn’s favor include BloodRayne director Uwe Boll, The Girl in the Spider’s Web director Fede Alvarez, Smallville actor Michael Rosenbaum, and Rick and Morty‘s Justin Roiland.
Although Disney believed that firing Gunn would help the company avoid a PR nightmare, it seems that the company now has a PR disaster on its hands, thanks to backlash over that decision. There is also a chance that Colter is right: rumors suggest that Disney could reinstate Gunn soon.
Source: Mike Colter