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Whedon Leaves Twitter Day 2: James Gunn Calls For Peace and Understanding

Written by Jude Terror on Wednesday, May 06 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

Whedon Leaves Twitter Day 2: James Gunn Calls For Peace and Understanding

Another celebrity weighs in on the story of the century!


Source: Facebook

It has been more than 24 hours since Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon left Twitter without warning and without reason, and despite around the clock coverage from the comics media, we're no closer to figuring out what happened to him and where he is today, leading many to fear that Whedon may never return to the social media platform. Earlier today, we reported on Erik Larsen tweeting about this shocking cultural event. Now, Guardians of the Galaxy director and fashion guru James Gunn has taken to Facebook with a long, heartfelt post calling for kindness:

Imagine being a guy, like Joss Whedon, who has committed his life to fandom and to creating the best characters he possibly can, characters he loves, and has spent two years of his life working on a movie, and then has to wake up to this shit on Twitter. Yes, I know - Age of Ultron has an "A" Cinemascore, and far and away most people loved it. But the angry contingent of fandom is getting more aggressive all the time, and it's difficult to block out as a person in the public eye.

 

It's true. Millionaire movie directors have it really rough, which is why everyone is so concerned for Joss Whedon right now. How is he doing? Is he okay? What did he have for lunch today? Without Twitter, we cannot know any of these things, and that is what makes this the biggest tragedy of our generation. Just try to put yourself in Whedon's shoes! How does it feel?! Well, besides really nice, because they're probably really expensive shoes. Ahem. Gunn went on:

My plea to all of you - and this is nothing new - is that we all try to be a little kinder, on the Internet and elsewhere. And, honestly, that includes being kind to the people who are tweeting this nonsense. I don't believe you can tweet about wanting to find a movie director and "curbstomp" him and be a happy person. That person's statement might make you a little angry - that makes me angry too. But thank God the circumstances of my life and your life didn't lead us to being the person that has the need to anonymously tweet that to someone on the Internet. And, as much as we may want to respond with vitriol to these tweets, I think that just creates more insanity.

 

When a former pro-wrestler tells you that violence is not the answer, you should probably listen.

As a young person I was very angry, and it's something I have worked on, both personally and through years of therapy. And if I can say one truth about anger, it is that anger is almost never anger. Anger - especially aggressive and abusive anger - is a way to deal with feeling insecure, sad, hurt, vulnerable, powerless, fearful, or confused. Those feelings, for many of us, are a lot more difficult to deal with and acknowledge than anger. Anger makes us feel "right". And powerful. But it also usually exacerbates whatever the underlying, more uncomfortable feeling is.

A couple months ago someone on Twitter wrote me that something one of my characters said in my movie hurt him. I've gotten hundreds of tweets from people angry about moments in my films over the years, and I just ignore them, or get angry in return. But that one tweet affected me profoundly. The last thing I want to do with my work is hurt someone, especially someone who already feels disenfranchised. That made me think about what I write and what I put in my films, and I will be more thoughtful about situations like it in the future. That is, one honest and vulnerable tweet affected more change in me than hundreds of angry ones.

 

Changing the world, one tweet at a time. A few years ago, James Gunn himself was involved in an internet kerfluffle over a social media poll asking his fans which comic book character they would most like to have sex with. When lesbian DC Comics character Batwoman ranked #32 on the poll, Gunn joked that he wished she would cross over with the Marvel Universe so Tony Stark could "turn" her. Needless to say, that didn't go over well. At the time, Gunn also made references to Wonder Woman lassoing fans by the penis and Stephanie Brown being easy because she's a teen mom. Gunn later teamed up with GLAAD to issue an apology, which was surprising because GLAAD had been burnt by Gunn before, when they gave the World Wrestling Federation an award for Gunn marrying his long time tag team partner Chuck Palumbo, only to find out the whole thing was an elaborate hoax perpetrated by their manager, Rico. It was a dark time, but Gunn has learned from these experiences, and only made one unnecessary joke about Gamora being a whore in Guardians of the Galaxy. That's personal growth for you.

So, again, it's easy to be outraged by these tweets. But whatever these angry tweeters are in need of, I don't think it's more anger and more rage thrown back at them on Twitter. I actually think that's what they're seeking. But what they need is something different. Compassion, maybe? A kind request for boundaries? I don't know. Maybe you guys have some ideas.

And by the way - Yes, I know there are real issues at play here. But, again, I don't think the way to affect change is through rage. That is just going to increase whatever divide you're experiencing in the first place. I believe that there are a handful of truly evil, awful human beings out there. But the majority of us on all sides of an issue think we're doing the right thing and are doing the best we can. If we assume that of each other, it makes life a lot easier.

Love you all,
james

 

We love you too, James Gunn. It's important that, in difficult times such as these when superstar movie directors are no longer posting their thoughts in 140 character bursts directly to millions of fans on the web, we remember the things that are truly important, such as whether it's liberals or conservatives to blame for it. There are Culture Wars points to be scored here, people.

We'll continue to cover this story of great cultural significance in the coming days, weeks, months, and years, if we have to. Stay tuned, and stay safe out there, readers. Keep your followers close, and your haters closer. Remember, you can always unblock, but an account deactivation is forever!

Actually, I'm hearing from my sources that you can just reactivate your account. But still. FOREVER!!!





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