For those of you not glued to Twitter on a Friday afternoon (but are glued to Waypoint, I guess?) Disney has fired James Gunn, after some old tweets of his resurfaced in the past day.
This is a tough one. I haven’t seen any reports with the contents of the actual tweets, but they allude to some disturbing and clearly inappropriate stuff. Seems clear cut until you realize that the “conservative personalities” referenced by THR is basically GamerGate meathead and rape enthusiast Mike Cernovich.
Particularly galling is that Gunn apologized for those tweets in 2012, so Disney either failed to do their due diligence or decided they were acceptable. (And why the hell would he not delete them?)
I really don’t know how I feel about this. It is patently unfair that MC managed to get Gunn fired despite the truly vile shit he has written and tweeted himself, particularly when Gunn’s tweets appear to be ill-conceived jokes while Cernovich’s are intended as lifestyle advice for young men.
On the other hand, if they’re as bad as reports are alluding to, can you really just ignore them? Treat them like evidence discovered during an illegal search and just toss them out of the court of public opinion?
It’s really hard to fight a culture war as asymmetrical as this.