Because of the manner in which Gunn's tweets (all of which were posted before he was hired to direct Guardians of the Galaxy) resurfaced, many have been criticizing Disney for kowtowing to a bad faith argument, which in some corners of the internet has spiraled into a full-blown conspiracy theory.
"It's also pretty nauseating to work for someone who'd empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis", Bautista continued, referring to right-wing commentator Mike Cernovich, who unearthed Gunn's 10-year-old tweets. It remains to be seen if Gunn's work will be seen in the third film that is set for a 2020 theatrical release. Gunn was sacked by Disney the same day that a campaign launched by the alt-right troll Mike Cernovich resurfaced years-old, offensive jokes Gunn had made on Twitter, about rape and pedophilia.
Bautista tweeted on Sunday that 'Guardians of the Galaxy without James Gunn just isn't Guardians of the Galaxy'. The Hollywood star also described Gunn as one of "the most loving, caring, good natured people [he] has ever met", while acknowledging that the director has "made mistakes".
Meanwhile, Kurt Russell, who played Ego in Vol. 2, discussed Gunn's firing in a new interview with Variety. "The best thing about being raped is when you're done being raped and it's like 'whew this feels great, not being raped!'" one of the tweets read.
'He has a wonderful heart and a wonderful mind. There has been little indication that Disney is inclined to rehire the director, with Variety writing that their sources think "that scenario is highly unlikely".
He added that he hopes Gunn is forgiven.