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Without question, the biggest story in entertainment right now – which is even a bigger deal than the Academy Awards’ ill-considered kiddie-table Oscar fiasco – Disney’s inexplicable siding with literal internet Nazis against James Gunn, the beloved and critical lauded director responsible for transforming Guardians of the Galaxy from an obscure little comic book nobody had ever heard of before into a billion-dollar franchise and one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bad faith arguments (again, carried out by literal, not figurative, Nazis online) about inappropriate jokes the director made a full decade ago (which Gunn had already, and quite sincerely, apologized for) somehow took credence over the wishes of the people who actually matter in this case.
Dave Bautista, the actor portraying fan-favorite character Drax the Destroyer, was the first of the Guardians cast to come to Gunn’s aid: loudly and repeatedly standing up for the man’s integrity over a band of Nazis, accused rapists and overall internet trolls. Then came rousing statement made and signed by the entire principle cast of the films, standing behind their friend and colleague (and, in one case, brother) against the rash actions taken by Disney. A fan petition to rehire James Gunn has collected well over 389,000 signatures to date and Bautista has threatened to leave the franchise unless Disney did the right about Gunn.
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And yet Disney has proven unmoved by the deluge of support for Gunn in the many weeks since they fired him. Production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been halted until they can find a replacement director. Their cast and crew are in open revolt...
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