As July comes to an end, many comedians and entertainers on Twitter remain under scrutiny for indecent jokes posted in the late 2000s. Tweets unearthed by far-right activists under the banner of the #MeToo campaign and other progressive lobbies have forced Hollywood to reckon with what many Yahoo commenters call its “liberal double standard.”
Such comments have been common since the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy series circulated an appeal to rehire director James Gunn, who was fired by Disney over a number of inappropriate Twitter jokes he made between 2009 and 2012. Despite Gunn’s admission of wrongdoing in a statement, the cast — including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel — pressed for his reinstatement with an Instagram post on Monday.
“There is little due process in the court of public opinion,” said the statement, titled “An Open Letter from the Cast of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,'” posted by Karen Gillan. It continued: “...We hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.”
Although thousands of fans have signed a petition demanding Gunn’s return to the Marvel franchise, many Yahoo commenters have taken issue with Hollywood’s attitude toward its own.
“Trump’s 2005 ‘grab em’ comments were said privately and everybody went nuts over it,” one reader said in the comments section of the original Yahoo Movies article. “Gunn’s comments were made publicly on social media, but let’s forgive him ... the double standard is breathtaking.”
Many commenters brought up Hollywood’s broad support for actress Roseanne Barr’s removal from Roseanne by ABC after she posted a racist tweet: “Where were these guys when Roseanne Barr was fired?” one reader said. Another referenced Gunn’s own attitude toward Roseanne: “His supporters should not be surprised that he is being held to his own standards.”
Not all Yahoo commenters think the Guardians of the Galaxy cast is in the wrong.
“Nice to see a cast standing behind their director,” one commenter said.
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