Sometimes I forget that there was a Scooby-Doo movie starring Wendy Corduroy, Mr. Bean, Isla Fisher and Buffy the Vampire Slayer along with several legitimate martial artists and pro wrestlers, created solely because the scriptwriter (Who would later direct Guardians of the Galaxy) hated Scrappy-Doo and wanted everyone else to hate him too.
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I just asked James Gunn what Groot’s last words were, before, y'know. This makes this scene a whole lot more emotional (somehow), and now I feel Rocket’s loss even more than before…
Alright… Let’s get into the REAL reason why this matters.
Long story short, well-meaning liberals (*cough* tumblr *cough*) are falling for manipulation by straight-up nazis, and this info really needs to be shared.
In case anyone here is out of the loop, James Gunn was fired by Disney from directing GotG3, or any further films for the company, because of some repulsive and creepy jokes he made on twitter a long time ago. This has sparked some passionate reactions– from agreement that he should be fired, to a quickly growing petition to rehire him. The latter is mainly supported by those who saw his apology as genuine, (he apologized for this YEARS ago,) and see his hatred of his younger self as a reassuring sign that he’s changed.
But this is so much bigger than one man and his career. Let’s be real, Gunn will recover. This isn’t about him at all.
HOW this stuff got brought up, and WHO got him fired in the first place, is what really matters right now.
Yeah…. you’re probably aware of exactly where this is going, now.
Yes, the crack-down on Gunn was started by a bunch of bad faith conspiracy theorists who are ~*~ strangely ~*~ obsessed with pedophilia. And yes, the reality is that Disney is capitulating to a fucking Pizzagate conspirator over shit they already knew blown up into “pedophiles run Hollywood” nonsense. This is validating far-right conspiracy theorists who know they can take down anyone who dare criticize Trump.
The Gunn case sets a dangerous, terrible precedent, and Disney needs to walk it back.
Seeing their success at what should be a non-starter, there are already far-right ops in place to take down other “Hollywood pedophiles” like Patton Oswalt and Michael Ian Black and others who use their platform to criticize Supreme Leader.
This is why the push to rehire Gunn is bigger than Gunn himself - he’ll be fine. His career will recover regardless of who directs GotG v. 3. But Nazis are confident that they are in control of hollywood now, and this isn’t something we should just roll our eyes at and ignore.
To be clear about Disney’s intentions, they likely wanted to cut it off before the story started getting picked up by major outlets. They’d be hit with the narratives that there’s a double standard based on politics. (Gunn can get away with it, but Roseanne can’t.) Which, yes, is unfair, since Roseanne also got a second chance, and she didn’t change. Gunn used his to change, and he hasn’t reverted back to his older self. Meanwhile Roseanne tweeted racist things just this very year.
But hey, has Disney ever been fair?
(Also– They’re the same people who still hire Johnny Depp.)
This whole game is that the Left has a sense of moral accountability, the Right doesn’t, and the Right has learned to weaponize the Left against itself. Gleefully.
So please, listen to others who can put this stuff into words so much better than I can:
“Even if you think Gunn’s old deleted tweets were gross, and I do, this entire thing was built on a lie.
It was dug up, repackaged and purposefully lied about by someone with a hostile agenda to accomplish exactly what it accomplished.
And the worst part is as long as people keep falling for this. Every time MSNBC fires a reporter because of Weird Mike and then rehires him after discovering they got had. Everytime ArenaNet gives into a mob and fires a woman for a tweet, it’s a signal to escalate.
Gunn’s firing is pouring blood in the water and telling the sharks that it’s open season on everyone they want to target.
To them this has nothing to do with any kind of moral outrage or genuine concern. It’s all bad faith gaming of systems to destroy ideological opponents.
And part of that is weaponizing a liberal desire to expel abusers.
It’s pointless to point out that Weird Mike constantly brags about raping women and says the most vile, edgelord shit on a daily basis, because their is no moral equivalence. They will never hold themselves to the standards they know liberals will hold themselves to.
These are the people who campaigned for and supported Roy Moore, an actual pedophile, and engaged in bad faith tactics like making fake robocalls to frame Washington Post, or Project Veritas pretending to have info on Moore and totally failing to entrap reporters.
Actual morality and truth are entirely inconsequential to these people and they will destroy as many people as possible to make sure the white supremacist con man in the White House is never challenged.”
There’s further views linked here. Please take the time to listen to these people, and try to understand why they’re taking this particular stance. (Lindsay Ellis’ twitter right now is especially informative.)
no but we NEED taika to direct Guardians Of The Galaxy volume 3
we NEED it
taika is so unbelievably sweet and he’s so fun and that man knows how to have a fucking good time without offending anybody. he’s so diverse and he’s so accepting of absolutely anything. the set of ragnarok looked like so much fun
his writing and style of directing is fucking amazing, he’s funny without really trying and his sense of humour really comes through
taika would write drax so so well, all james gunn could do with drax was make him call gamora a whore or mantis ugly and taika would not have that at all and i just need taika to take on Guardians Of The Galaxy volume 3 this is his time he needs it he’s the heir to it
taika is the icon we deserve and he deserves this movie
Sad but I can’t be surprised by shit like this anymore. Shout out to Tolkiened on twitter for making a post about this and starting the discussion about these horrendous jokes made and uberkryptonian for adding this very important addition. Fucking sickening