The cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy films has so far been rather quiet regarding the firing of their director.
Walt Disney Pictures announced on Friday that James Gunn had been dismissed after tweets he made a decade ago where he joked about rape, pedophilia, and AIDS were uncovered by right-wing activists.
Stars of the Marvel franchise have now broken their silence.
Lead actor, Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord posted a biblical verse reminding others of the importance of listening:
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) July 22, 2018
His co-star, Zoe Saldana, who portrays Gamora, wrote that she will be taking some time to think before she speaks:
It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) July 22, 2018
Michael Rooker (Yondu) decided to bid Twitter goodbye as a result of the situation, saying: “We’re very tired & upset over the ongoing BULLS–T… neither I nor my rep will use Twitter again. Twitter sucks and I want nothing to do with it. Thank you to all who gave kind words & support. See you on Instagram.”
While Dave Bautista who stars as Drax expressed his support for Gunn and condemned the treatment of him:
I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018
A petition to reinstate the filmmaker as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 has already amassed over 100,000 signatures.