James Gunn Apologizes, Promises to Do Better in the Future

It’s been a tumultuous past two days here at LGG&F since I reported on the awful and since-deleted ‘50 Superheroes You Most Want To Have Sex With’ written by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Petitions to roust him from the director’s chair were started, several major internet news outlets reported on the post in question, and a number of major industry players chimed in to denounce what he wrote. However, it has come to my attention that Gunn has formally apologized for said post, and it would be unfair of me to not hook you up with the deets. Here is the full text of the apology, from his Facebook page:

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 – James

This is a very nice apology, and it sounds sincere. I am happy that he has responded to the outcry in a thoughtful manner, and that he admits that what was apparently actually intended as satire was bad and not funny at all.

I am not going to say his slate is wiped clean, and I’m still concerned about the GotG movie (call it once bitten, twice shy). If he really wants to do right by female and queer Marvel fans and characters, he has a responsibility to walk his talk and show us that he is not, in fact, a sexist or homophobic jerk by respecting and positively representing the characters of every gender, sexuality, and race that appear in the movie.

(Via ThinkProgress)

13 thoughts on “James Gunn Apologizes, Promises to Do Better in the Future

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    • I mean, if he hadn’t addressed it it would have spun even further out of control. That petition had reached 5,000 signatures, internet news sources like the Huffington Post (that is, not just specifically geek/feminist sites) were reporting on it, well-known editors and writers in the comics community were calling him out on it, and that was just in the two days it was news. If he hadn’t said something to stem it we’d probably be hearing about it on CNN today. Which is not to say it wasn’t a genuine apology; I just think that it was also well-timed damage control.

  2. What scares me more about GotG is his past work seems to point toward a sophomoric frat house dude bro sensibility in his films (and the atrocity that was the live action scooby doo movie). Though I hope he can pull out a decent movie, recent work of his in Lollipop Chainsaw and PG Porn, don’t give me high hopes. These past works also make it harder to believe his apology is more than a PR move. I hope he does better in the future for all our sake.


    • Yeah, hopefully that doesn’t transfer over to the GotG movie. I think there’s a distinction here, though, that you’ve pointed out:apologizing may make him a good person, but it doesn’t suddenly make him a good writer. Maybe GotG won’t be filled with horrible sexism or the like, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be as bad as the only other Gunn ‘team’ movie I’ve seen (aka Scooby Doo). Oh well. Hope springs eternal, but I may still wait for the reviews on this before I see it instead of hitting the midnight showing.
      And although the pessimist in me says that this was totally a PR move, I also appreciate that he didn’t pull the ‘well sorry you were offended’ thing or attempt to defend his post. It made the apology more genuine.

      • True, I am glad he took the right avenue to apologize and not further inflame people. There is still hope that Marvel won’t give him too much power over deciding the success or failure of GotG.

        lol, totally didn’t mean to bring the pessimistic rain cloud here, just thought his history was a warning sign. Keep calm and carry on I suppose. 🙂

  3. Good for him. I appreciate that he addressed the issue and listened. I respect that he learned from this mistake, and I bet it will make him a better advocate in the future.

    • Yeah, like I said, I’m glad he addressed the ‘satire’ issue and acknowledged that it fell flat, and didn’t say instead ‘well if you knew my work better it would be obvious that this was all funny and in jest but sorry you’re offended’ as most of his defenders took pleasure in telling me. Hopefully this issue informs his work on future projects, especially Guardians of the Galaxy.

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