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Director James Gunn fired by Disney for old tweets about pedophilia, trans folks and rape

James Gunn fired by Disney for old controversial tweets.
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James Gunn rose up through the ranks of Hollywood and ended up at Disney directing the highly popular franchise "Guardians of the Galaxy."

That is until today when the House of Mouse fired him over recently exposed tweets from nearly a decade ago. 

The tweets delve into pedophilia, transphobia, and sex crimes, but were meant to be "outrageous and taboo" jokes. 

Gunn has been one of Donald Trump's biggest detractors so it's no surprise that his words would eventually be resurrected; the conservative publication The Daily Caller is taking credit for exposing the posts. Here is a link to the original story, but be warned the tweets might be disturbing to some. 

"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a statement. 

Gunn responded to the news with an apology via Twitter, saying that he has developed as a person and the attitudes contained in the old tweets are not who he is today. 

“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humour,” he wrote. "It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over."

The director was scheduled to appear in San Diego this weekend for Comic-Con, but that appearance has been canceled.

Source: ET