Barr, whose racist tweet about Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett led to her Disney-owned ABC show getting canceled, tweeted that she was “disgusted” over “all of the support for James Gunn’s pedophile jokes.”
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
Gunn, as you may have read, was dropped by Disney after old tweets he had posted between 2009 and 2012 — in which he joked about pedophilia, rape, homophobia, and transphobia — were resurfaced. (For instance: “I like when little boys touch me in my silly place,” read one.) While the director had deleted the posts, they were dug up by right-wing trolls in a campaign that was seemingly meant to retaliate for Gunn’s criticism of President Trump. Although Gunn apologized, Disney fired him from his role as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
While Gunn was dropped , there has been a public show of support for him from actors in his film — including Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, and Dave Bautista — and others, including comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, who suggested that Disney remove his voice from an upcoming Disney theme park attraction featuring his character, Pain, from the animated flick Hercules.
An online petition to reinstate Gunn to his role as director of the franchise now has over 265,000 signatures (and counting).
As for Roseanne, the Trump supporter lost her show for tweeting that Jarrett was as if the “Muslim brotherhood & Planet of the apes had a baby.” While she called it a joke — and claimed she didn’t know Jarrett was African-American — she lost her very successful Roseanne reboot, which was immediately canceled. A spin-off, tentatively called The Conners, will continue without her.
Meanwhile, Gunn isn’t the only one whose old tweets have been picked through lately. Community creator Dan Harmon apologized Monday after a “distasteful” old video from 2009 — in which he pretends to rape a baby doll — was resurfaced. He has deleted his Twitter account.
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