Last week, Disney fired James Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over the inappropriate jokes he made on Twitter. Since his firing, several cast members of Guardians of the Galaxy have shown their support for Gunn on social media, and fans even started a petition to reinstate Gunn as the director of Vol. 3. At that time of this writing, the petition has reached over 335,000 signatures.
Now, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has shared an open letter to Marvel fans and friends regarding James Gunn's firing, expressing their support and love for the beloved filmmaker.
"Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I'd personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3," Pratt wrote on Facebook in addition to the letter. "If you please, read the following statement- signed by our entire cast."
You can read the entire open letter below.
To our fans and friends,
We fully support James Gunn. We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen, and discuss. In that time, we've been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3 as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him.
Being in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies has been a great honor in each of our lives. We cannot let this moment pass without expressing our love, support, and gratitude for James. We are not here to defend his jokes of many years ago but rather to share our experience having spent many years together on set making Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2. The character he has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love. In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.
There is little due process in court of public opinion. James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in our country, it's safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.
It is our hope that what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realize the enormous responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other regarding the use of our written words when we etch them in digital stone; that we as a society may learn from this experience and in the future will think twice before we decide what we want to express; an din so learning perhaps can harness this capability to help and heal instead of hurting each other. Thank you for taking the time to read our words.
The Guardians of the Galaxy.
Personally, I think James Gunn should be reinstated. Sure, his jokes were wrong but everyone makes mistakes and I don't think Disney should fire him just because of his old tweets.
Avengers 4 is set to release in theaters on May 3, 2019.