Disney cuts ties with Guardians of the Galaxy director

James Gunn
James Gunn Photo credit: Reuters

Disney has cut ties with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after a series of old offensive tweets resurfaced.

In a statement, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said Gunn's opinions do not align with the business, and as a result he will no longer be directing Guardians of The Galaxy vol. 3.

"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 Horn.

In the tweets, Gunn made light of rape and paedophilia, which he has apologised for previously.

The tweets were brought up again by far right personality Mike Cernovich, one of the key men behind 'Pizzagate', the false conspiracy theory which alleges accused Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring in the basement of a pizzeria.

Gunn took to Twitter to defend himself, saying he used to make a lot of offensive jokes - but not anymore.

Alongside the offensive tweets, an article from 2015 cropped up where he rated the top 50 superheroes you most likely want to have sex with. Number 32 on the list was Batwoman, whom he said was a lesbian - but hopefully in the Marvel-DC crossover Tony Stark would turn her.

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