James Gunn, the American writer, filmmaker, actor, musician and cartoonist set to direct and write the Marvel Studios adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, is accused of being “sexist” and “homophobic” by Lady Saika of Lady Geek Girls and Friends over a post Gunn’s web site titled “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With”:
There is nothing wrong with being attracted to a superhero character. There is nothing wrong with wanting to screw a superhero. (I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t sleep with Batwoman, for example.) But the way Gunn comments on the entries in his list makes him sound less like a respected director and more like an unwashed neckbeard who has never seen a woman outside of bad porn. Here’s a highlights reel of the commentary, care of tumblr’s othothegreat and buckycaps:
the art he chose in general, especially for the female heroes, is really gross and terrible, but here are a few more sexist, misogynistic, sex-shaming gems:
- “for those men that love rude b**ches, [emma frost] the white queen is the way”
- [on natasha romanoff, the highest ~debut] “considering she’s f**ked half the guys in the marvel universe, that’s quite a feat”
- [on elektra] she’ll “give you a nice, ninja-trained b*** **b”
- [on black canary] “i used to think she was the hottest chick in the dcu, but then i remembered that she f**ks green arrow”
- [on dazzler] “a friggin’ great va**na”
- [on kitty pryde] “i want to a**lly do her”
- [on choice of art for jade] “i picked the one with the big t**s”
- [on batwoman] “i’m hoping for a dc-marvel crossover so that tony stark can turn her; she could also have sex with nightwing and still be a lesbian”
- calls tigra ‘easy’ for no discernible reason along with calling stephanie brown that because she’s a single mother
- says that he’ll blow a load onto jessica jones’[sic: drew’s] face so he doesn’t have to look at her
Gunn’s career has its roots in puerile humor — he started his career in filmmaking with Troma Entertainment, got his first major screenplay with Scooby-Doo, directed the horror-comedy Slither, and authored the video game story for Lollipop Chainsaw.
Saika is calling for a boycott:
This movie isn’t coming out until 2014 so I think there’s still plenty of time for a turnover in the director’s seat. Let Marvel know your displeasure by tweeting #boycottgunn at their official account (@Marvel). I know that if Gunn stays in creative control, I’ll be taking my money elsewhere at the very least.
Gunn took the post down in response to the criticism (but it’s still cached here).
UPDATE 11/30: Gunn shared a statement with GLAAD:
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. 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. 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. 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. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all
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