On the same day that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke came under scrutiny for teenage writings about running over children with his car for the fun of it, Disney has decided to rehire a director who joked about himself sexually abusing children.
According to Business Insider, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn’s offensive tweets were posted publicly in 2010 and 2011, less than a decade ago.
Gunn apologized for the extremely grotesque and disturbing tweets after they surfaced last year in July. Disney soon fired him.
"As I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humor,” he tweeted back then. “In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies."
Disney, which mostly makes movies geared toward children, responded at the time, "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."
Despite previously claiming to have no way to defend what he said, the entertainment giant rehired Gunn on Friday to resume directing “Guardians of the Galaxy 3,” Business Insider reported.
Back when he was initially fired, Gunn received an open letter of support from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast, including Chris Pratt, that attacked people who they felt were too quick to judge Gunn based on his egregious past actions. Having worked closely with the director, they felt he was still a “good person,” according to Business Insider.
While many, many people on Twitter expressed their happiness with Disney’s decision, others let their displeasure be known.