Filmfools Blogpost #1

This past year has been a hectic one in Hollywood following the wake of the Harvey Weinstein fall.  The actions of others has been brought up, and social media posts have haunted people ranging from a Brewer's reliever to some of Hollywood's highest-paid directors.  This past summer, James Gunn, director of The Guardians of the Galaxy films, was fired for posts he made in the past.

Read the following article found here, then comment on the controversy.  Was the firing the correct thing to do or not?  Defend your position.

Baby Groot - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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Mr. Scheuer
Modern Fiction - Hour 1 (your choices: 6 or 8)
28 September 2017

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Comments

  1. Nellie Thao
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 5
    28 August 18
    I feel like he should've known better to joke about rape/pedophilia especially when he's a well known director. Even if he was joking he shouldn't have put it on social media where everyone could see. Also rape could be a touchy subject for people who had experienced it. I feel like firing him was the right thing to do just because joking about rape and pedophilia is a serious thing. Also, Disney would've gotten some hate for letting him still work for them, especially with the #Metoo movement that happened a couple months ago.

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  2. Zaishaun Westmoreland
    Mr. Sheuer
    Mod Fic
    31 August 2018

    I completely disagree with him being fired. First of all that was many years ago, before he had his professional job. He hasn't said anything like that while he was working on these movies. Especially because he made the movies so well. That's like if I go to college and graduate with a degree and make a multi million business and someone reads a post I made from highschool as a freshman and they boycott my business. That was years ago and would be disconnected from who I am today. In my opinion I disagree.

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  3. Natasja Johnson
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction hour 5
    31 August 2018


    Me personally I think the firing was uncalled for. Yes, the tweets he made were not of good manner but he also apologized for it. Not saying that's okay. Like the other post he made that were wrong and offensive he apologized for those and they looked past them. Knowing that the post was made years before he joined Walt Disney Studios. Then they also have to understand that his jokes and how his personality is, that's what makes the good movies and that's what makes his good scripts. For example, in Guardians of the Galaxy both one and two his humor is most likely what sold the movie. I think he should have kept his job, but given another form of consequence.

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  4. Kalel Veasey
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- hour 5
    31 August 2018


    I think that James Gunn should've gotten another chance because he made the comments before he worked for Disney and he also apologized. He made those comments in the past and he hasn't made any recently. I think Disney should have let him direct the last Guardians of the Galaxy film and then fired him.

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  5. Joshuah Cardinal
    Mr.Sheuer
    Modern Fiction 5th hour
    4 September 2018

    I think it was wrong for him to say and do the things he may have done in the past dealing with the inappropriate comments he had said. Although he had some wrong things in the past you should still give him a chance to change his ways. Even though they are firing him for what he has done I think he had done right by apologizing for the wrong he had done in the past. In addition to them firing him I think was the right thing to do because you shouldn't do those things in the first place. In conclusion it was right for firing him but they should give him a chance as a person to change his ways and forgive his wrongs.



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  6. Jasmine Moore
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- Hour 6
    August 31st 2018


    I feel like James Gunn getting fired was the right thing to do because, even though he made those jokes years ago they were still inappropriate. I feel like if he was truly sorry he would have deleted the tweets after he apologized the first time. A company doesn’t want their name with that type of person because it makes them look bad overall. Knowing how our generation is nowadays if he didn’t get fired then people would've boycotted his movies because people are much more sensitive than what they used to be, and his jokes were extremely insensitive. He should’ve known that his past would come back to haunt him after he became successful.

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  7. Kaijon Wright
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 7
    8/31/18

    I don't think James Gunn should be fired from old tweets, but I do think he is very wrong for what he posted on twitter. The reason I don't think he should be fired is because we live under freedom of speech, the tweets were old, and that he apologized for it. Even though I don't think he should of been fired I would not say marvel is wrong for what they did I think it was fair and you have to follow their guidelines if you work for them

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  8. Asia Carson

    Mr. Scheuer

    Modern Fiction 7th

    31 August 2018

    Even though it was for the better, I highly don't think that it was necessary for him to get fired. I mean he made some very negative remarks but he promised that it would get better. So I would take his word just this once (because I'm all about second chances), then after that sayonara. People need to remember that when you're younger, you do so many dumb things that when you're older you realize it's time to grow up. Even though he quotes that he made many outrageous quotes in his past, I believe that everyone needs a second chance. I think if it was something inappropriate as raping then yeah, that is a serious problem. But for now seconds are everything to me.

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  9. Savion Durant
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern fiction(hour 7)
    31 August 2018

    I believe that firing him was the best decision. Even though the first time he used comments that were offensive to others he apologized. For the first time I felt like he was given another chance but the last time he got fired. I also believe he should have been reprimanded from his previous comments that where very offensive. Firing him was the best thing they could have done.

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  10. Jasmine Bell
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction(7th hr)
    4 September 2018
    I understand the firing of James Gunn after his tweets from 2009-2012 resurfaced the internet, but I don’t agree with the timing of it. Being someone held with such a high standard , any statement can either lead your career to success or steer it towards failure. At the beginning of his career Gunn made several offensive tweets. His comments were derogatory and offensive because they referred to sensitive topics such as rape,pedophilia,and sexual acts. He stated that they were just jokes.but it does not justify his insolent behavior. Though these comments were made at the start of his career ,I feel that Disney should have been aware of them and this situation could have been addressed upon hiring Gunn. Now he has to find another way to make a living because his past statements have resurfaced and Disney fired him on the spot.I believe that there was wrong doings on both sides and now Gunn has to pay for his past statements.



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  11. Clayan Johnson
    Mr. Scheuer
    7th- Hour Modern fiction
    31 August 2018



    Film Fools response

    I believe the firing of the Disney director to be extremely unfair and outrageous. Disney should not try to judge the James Gunn’s character based on the things he has said in the past, he can easy be a newly changed man. I also believe he is truly sorry for what he has done in the past and everyone deserves a second chance in life, as he is human and we all make mistakes. Also, we must learn to leave the past in the past and move on with our lives not bring up past issues that occurred. Therefore, I stand firm with my decision that the firing of James Gunn was unfair and outrageous.

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  12. Ilsa Strelow
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 7
    3 September 2018

    I am not completely surprised that James Gunn was fired for making those cruel comments, but I am shocked to see that Disney didn't find out about it sooner. When they first hired him as a director, they probably didn't look into him much or care what he said in the past. His old tweets were easily accessible for Disney to view before they decided to hire him, but they must not have cared about it. Then recently when his inappropriate tweets were discovered, they decided to do something about it. I thought his apology was real; people do change tremendously throughout the years and the tweets he put out there were a mistake. Disney decided to hire Gunn while his tweets were out there as well as fire him when the same tweets became popularized.

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  13. Demetri Rodgers
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction
    Sep. 2, 2018
    Film Fools 1.

    To begin, I don’t think it’s very fair to judge people completely by their past. I believe it is very possible and it is also very usual for people to change. Dot get me wrong, his previous tweets were very rude and offensive but I feel like people can mature and change for the better. A lot of times, people with those type of jobs lose them because of things like this that happened in the past that they can’t erase. I feel like sometimes the people in charge of them know their past but chose to ignore it until it comes up and is able to affect the prosperity of the company/work place. In conclusion, I do not agree with what was said in his tweets years ago, but I do believe maturity is possible and we should learn to forgive and forget like God does for us when we sincerely repent.

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  14. DJimon Graves

    Mr. Scheuer

    Modern Fiction – Hour 7

    4 September 2018

    James Gunn is a human and that’s what most fail to realize. I’m not saying he is innocent for the words in said in the posts that he made but everybody makes mistakes and deserve forgiveness. Gunn is showing progression and true reflection on his actions and for someone to own up to his mistake he should at least still have his job and be punished some other way. In one of Gunn tweets he expresses how he don’t blame he past self, explaining that he has grown into a fully new person.

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  15. Jakai Kellogg

    Mr. Scheuer

    Modern Fiction - Hour 5

    3 September 2018

    I think Gunn Shouldn't have been fired because that happened in the past and everyone makes mistakes , plus his job is very hard so it would be very hard just to replace him. Also even though the tweets were very offensive and harsh he apologized for them and regretted it. He also admitted to his wrong doings , and they shouldn't effect who he is today because everyone has a past , everyone has done stupid and childish things back then that we all regret. So my argument doesn't change whatever happens in the past stays in the past.

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  16. Noel Williams
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 7
    4 September 2018

    I think that he should be fired because he shouldn't have never made those tweets in the first place like they wouldn't get remembered or screenshotted just because he deleted them a long time ago, and nobody should joke about raping someone or being a pedophile because the people who seen would think that you are one of the people who is a pedophile or a rapist. Also, you're basically making fun of people who got raped by someone and you're taking it as a joke. Also, I think that he's not truly sorry about them post because if he was than he would've apologized for it years ago and not now when you got fired for it at the time he just want his job back just to be special again.

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  17. Elijah Story

    Mr.Scheuer

    modern fiction-hour 7

    4 September 2018


    To me i think it was right for James Gunn to be fired because he shouldn't make comments and post being a pedophile and a rapist. Even though he was joking people was still offended at the post he made which led him to being fired i mean that was the smartest thing to do because eventually people would stop watching the movies he filmed and his popularity would decrease.


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  18. Mahree Clayton
    Mr. Scheur
    Modern Fiction- Hour 5A
    3 September 2018

    In my opinion, I think firing James Gunn was just a little to harsh. Most movie directors express how they feel though the characters in the movie and I think this was just one of those moments where he wanted to express who he really is. Honestly, I feel they could've chosen a different way of disciplining James Gunn instead of removing him from Guardians of The Galaxy. Too, James also had supporters and fans for what he was presenting, and him not being able to continue his passion, probably really bothered him as seen in the article. In life there are times where miscommunication comes into play and it makes it tough for some people to understand where other people are coming from. Just reading the article, James seems like a wonderful person and people perceived him the wrong way. However, James could've dialed it down with some his jokes and wouldn't have came to this conclusion. Everyone isn't perfect and everybody makes mistakes, I think the Marvel could've offered James another chance since he made a great contribution to some of the movies made.

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  19. Sharmane Brown
    Mr.Schuer
    Modern Fiction- Hour 5
    4 Tuesday 2018

    My opinion about the the whole firing of James Gunn is kind of bogus. Think about it. This man, before he got his head on right, was a very humorous person he say's and didn't know when he was taking things to far. But he gets this job and becomes this huge director of a movie , and actually is loving what he is doing. People change. He was young and dumb and he admits that. He also takes full responsibility of his actions. I just feel that there should of been a different consequence other than just firing him.

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  20. LaKayla Nelson

    Mr. Scheuer

    Modern Fiction-7th Hour

    31 August 2018



    The people of Marvel were right to have fired Mr. Gunn for what he said. He had no reason, maybe, to post that on social media about rape or pedophilia. It isn’t a topic that she be discussed all over social. That’s a private thing to be discussed if you wanted to know about it. People may take offense into that because they may have been the ones raped and what he said may have hurt them in any way.

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  21. Cliffton Irving

    Scheuer

    Modern Fiction

    04 September 2018

    I don’t think he should’ve been fired. My reason for this is because he was referring to how his actions were before people knew who he was. He also said that he has changed and he don’t make those of comments anymore. If it was something that he said recently pertaining to same things he said before I could see the problem, he just made a tweet stating how he changed as person an is no longer that same person anymore. He was letting it be known publicly.

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  22. Demetrius Brown
    Mr. Scheur
    Modern Fiction
    7th hour

    I feel like he should not have been fired. Only for the specific reason that the two movies he did we’re phenomenal and really got a lot of publicity. I really don’t think you should judge or punish someone off of there actions in the past because we all have done dumb things. We all make mistake we all have to mature and grow up... We’re not perfect so me personally i don’t think he should have been fired.

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  23. Jaelin Dixon-Hall

    Mr.Scheuer

    Modern Fiction- Hour 7th

    4 September 2018



    I believe his firing was the right thing to do according to Disney’s values. The things Gunn said in the past does affect him today and that shows with him getting fired because of his offensive tweets. This shows as an example that things in the past do come back to haunt you and can affect you in the future. Actions do have consequences and Gunn’s is that he damaged his career costing him money and maybe his fame. Even if he wasn’t working for Disney or anybody the things he said went over the line and what was considered a joke for him wasn’t to others.

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  24. Johnessa Luckett

    Mr.Scheuer

    modern fiction-5th Hr

    4 September 2018


    I feel as if James Gunn made a really dumb decision as to those offensive tweets , those words can't just go away after an apology . and the fact that it was going on for that long and people just now were taking noticed and determined action. I feel that they did the right thing as to taking his job away , don't get me wrong hes an amazing direct of great films and movies, but such actions of his is really unacceptable and him having such a high position he thought to great of himself because of what he does. and that act of his needs to be punished. you don't know how many people looked up to him as a role model , and he laughing and joking around with sensitive topics or situations. Its show how much maturated you have as an public figure and how much fame you hold to your name. It takes time for people to open back up to you after just an apology , to see if you really meant what you said. And him just saying those WORDS were decades ago, but yet you chose to say them knowing that lots of your fans and viewers are watching you.

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  25. LaNiya Clark

    Mr. Scheuer

    Modern Fiction (7)

    4 September 2018

    I think Dull has realized that your life can really change in a second. I think he deserved to get fired because it's not like it was a one-time thing. He’s been known to have a controversial past with putting explicit content on social media. Even if he didn’t know he was go be as successful as he became, he still shouldn't have put it out. A lot of entertainers have been losing deals with brands and networks because of what they post on social media. I feel like marvel studios should’ve did a background check on him because it’s protocol. They are just now addressing this situation because it had resurfaced.

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  26. KeVaughn Jiles
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction hour 7
    September 4, 2018

    In my opinion, the firing shouldn’t have happened. Gunn’s past came back to hurt his career, and of course he should pay for his mistakes but, I don’t believe this is the best way to go about it. Marvel has been working with Gunn for a while, and most likely viewed all of his nasty comments on the media. Despite seeing the comments Marvel worked with Gunn and only until other people mentioned his past online mistakes Marvel fired him. Despite the decision made on Gunn’s career he still deserves a well paying job for the work he does.

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  27. Prae Meh
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-7
    04 September 2018
    Filmfools
    It is not right to firing James Gunn as director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3.’First able his joke might be serious to other, but he took an action of apologized on twitter. He himself know the mistake he had done in the past years. He even admits his mistakes. He tweets, “In the past, I had apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies.” Also, he tweets, “It’s not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less anger.” We all make mistake and major mistakes that hurt us and other people. When someone does something wrong, people forget all the things they did right. I disagree with firing Gunn.

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  28. Kalan Harris
    Mr. scheuer
    Modern fiction hr.7
    3 september 2018

    I think that James Gunn should have been fired at his consequences of making rape jokes. No matter how long ago the post was there is no reason for rape considered a joke. Anything that is posted on the internet does not get deleted so therefore he should have known this was coming eventually.

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  29. EnJolie Smith
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- hour 5
    8 September 2018

    What James Gunn did and said was wrong and inappropriate but that was in the past. I think he should have never been fired for something that happened in the past. He also apologized for what he did and said. People always change their ways and they should have gave him that chance to film Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

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  30. Savonna Barnes Hr 5
    Mr. Scheuer
    I don’t think he should have been fired because , people make mistakes. Also, the post was made a while ago before he joined Marvel. People change and, their opinions change also. Although rape isn’t something to joke about he may have made the post for attention. He has apologized multiple times for his actions nobody is perfect. He has been great to the company and, did many amazing things with Marvel. I disagree with firing Gunn.

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  31. Don Taylor
    Mr.scheuer
    Modern fiction 5th hour
    9/17/18

    I don't think James Gunn should be fired from old his tweets, but I do think he is very wrong for what he posted on twitter. The reason I don't think he should be fired is because we live under freedom of speech. Everybody did stupid stuff in the pass and he apologized for it. We’re not perfect so i don’t think he should have been fired

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  32. Javeon Tolliver

    Mr.Scheuer

    Modern Fiction

    9/3/18



    Filmfools 1

    I think that he shouldn’t have been fired from Guardians of Galaxy 3 based off a couple tweets that he tweeted out. Some people tweet without thinking about nobody else but about themselves. He made a few mistakes but that’s how you learn but going straight to firing is exteme punishment in my eyes. Gunn wasn’t right for what he tweeted but I feel as if he shouldn’t have lost his job for it. So I feel as if he shouldve kept his job.

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