Controversial American actress and comedian Roseanne Barr has said that she is “disgusted” at the outpouring of support lent to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who was recently sacked from directing the franchise’s third film.
Disney cut ties with Gunn’s shortly after tweets from 2008 and 2009 allegedly written by the director in which he jokes about rape and paedophilia were brought to light by conservative website The Daily Caller.
Roseanne tweeted: “I’m disgusted to read all of the support for James Gunn’s pedophile jokes-as the same people supported blacklisting me for a joke they didn’t even understand.”
I’m disgusted to read all of the support for James Gunn’s pedophile jokes-as the same people supported blacklisting me for a joke they didn’t even understand.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) July 24, 2018
She refers to the scandal that saw her popular sitcom Roseanne cancelled earlier this year. Barr came under fire for a tweet comparing a prominent former aide to Barack Obama Valerie Jarett, who is African-American, to an “ape”. It prompted accusations of racism and was subsequently blamed by Barr on sleeping pills.
Over 300,000 people have signed a petition to demand Gunn’s reinstatement. Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians franchise has since defended Gunn as has David Dastmalchian, who plays Kurt in Ant-Man.
Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana have also since spoken out on the scandal, and over 300,000 people have signed a petition demanding his reinstatement.
“I’m smart enough to know this most likely won’t change anything but hopefully, this could get Disney to realize the mistake they made and not do it again in the future,” says petition founder Chandler Edwards.
“I agree on the point that if people say a bunch of stupid shit while working for a studio, the studio has full right to fire him over the possible controversy.
“This situation is very different though as he made these jokes years before he was working for Disney and also the fact that they were jokes. I agree with most, including Gunn himself that the jokes were shitty and un-funny but they were still jokes, it wasn’t an opinion or a statement, it was just a bad attempt at being funny.”
An upcoming Starsky And Hutch reboot to be helmed by Gunn was also dropped from Amazon in the wake of the scandal.