Recently, many people on the Internet were thrown into an angry stupor when a blog post by “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn was deemed homophobic and insensitive. James Gunn responded to the controversy on his Facebook page on Nov. 29 with an apology.
What the website that reported the controversial post failed to realize was that Gunn wrote it two years ago. It seems like someone was looking for something to complain about and went searching through old posts to troll Gunn. It seems to have worked, because Gunn came out and felt the need to apologize.
“A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don’t think it’s funny,” Gunn explained. “The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many. I’m sorry and regret making them at all.”
The sad thing is that the person who chose to throw Gunn to the wolves must have decided that “PG Porn” wasn’t controversial enough so they dug through two years worth of posts to find something worse. It is sad that people feel the need to dig up drama when there is no reason to. It’s almost like this person might have wanted someone else as the “Guardians of the Galaxy” director and wanted to sabotage Gunn’s chances.
Everyone has done and said stupid things in their lives. People who dig those up as weapons are simply pathetic. For the record, here is what Gunn had to say.
“People who are familiar with me as evidenced by my Facebook page and other mediums know that I’m an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said,” Gunn said. “We’re all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us. I’m learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future.”
It is now time to let it go. People who still want to throw stones need to remember they live in glass houses as well.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.