Whoops! His bad!!
James Gunn, director of the upcoming Disney/Marvel flick Guardians of the Galaxy, shat the bed and he doesn't deny it.
Instead of slipping out in the middle of the night and leaving us with feces covered sheets, the filmmaker stuck around to do the wash.
After recent attention was drawn to a satirical but ultimately unfunny/offensive blog post he made last year, he's offering the world his retraction and apology via Facebook.
The post, titled The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With, graphically detailed ways in which he might bang (or be banged by) the sexiest guys and gals in comics.
Ugh! What unpleasant imagery!!
Whether his blog post was homophobic or just crudely offensive, Mzr. Gunn knows it was regrettable.
This morning, on FB, he wrote:
"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
…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."
His reflections sound sincere to us.
Still, some might argue James only issued the retraction to avoid mucking up his big-budget movie set to hit theaters in August 2014.
It's true that Disney probably doesn't want the press surrounding this movie to focus on the allegations of the director's misogyny and/or homophobia instead of, say, how friggin' awesome the film looks.
Perhaps, but we found another of his posts which seems to more genuinely reflect his feelings on equality in gender and sexuality.
On October 11th, National Coming Out Day, James said:
Today is National Coming Out Day. If you're gay, and you've been keeping this from others, today is a good day to let your loved ones know. If you're not gay, support those who are. If you hate gays, recent studies show that homophobic people are far likelier to harbor same-sex attraction. So you are probably gay too, and we love you also.
Many years ago, one of my best friends from high school came out to me as a gay man. Back then, I wasn't the most forward-thinking dude in this area (I'm a dickhead punk rock kid from Missouri), but I STILL took this as a huge honor - and a huge relief. Some sort of truth, a level of intimacy I had with my other friends, had been missing from our relationship. That all opened up in one fell swoop. I saw, very clearly, that a person's sexuality is part of the truth of who they are.
If you're gay and struggling with it, most of us are here for you. We love you. And you're okay just the way you are
Well put, sir — but your work here isn't done!!
You're about to make the biggest and most watched film of your career!
Much like your Marvel predecessor Joss Whedon did before you in The Avengers (and, obvi, Buffy), you should seize this great opportunity to silence your critics and push the envelope toward equality!
So, yeah, do that. And make a kick-ass movie too!
And then we will totes forgive you, LOLz!!
[Image via Danny Tanner/WENN & Marvel.]