Guardians Of The Galaxy Director James Gunn Defends Joss Whedon After Twitter Exit — And Has A Request For Fans

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We don’t know the exact reason Avengers Age Of Ultron director Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account on Monday.

But one prevailing theory seems to be it’s because of critics — not the ones who say superhero movies are a fad, but rather the ones that threaten violence.

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Whether they think the movie was lame or that Joss is somehow a sexist all of a sudden, some “fans” were tweeting some pretty hateful stuff at the writer-director.

Well, James Gunn didn’t take kindly to hearing that his fellow Marvel filmmaker was being harassed like this — or that Whedon’s fans were hitting back!

In a long Facebook post, the Guardians Of The Galaxy director tried to promote a little compassion, writing:

“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.”

He finished with:

“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.”

A really beautiful sentiment — and we’re pretty sure what “We are Groot” translates to in English.

You can read the entire post HERE.

[Image via Lia Toby/FayesVision/WENN.]

May 5, 2015 5:57pm PDT

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