'Guardians of the Galaxy' stars call for James Gunn to be reinstated as director
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The stars of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise on Monday signed an open letter calling for director James Gunn to be reinstated after Disney fired him amid the uproar over some of his older tweets. 

"We fully support James Gunn," reads the letter, which is signed by the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper. "We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these ten days to respond in order to think, pray, listen and discuss."

"There is little due process in the court of public opinion," the letter continues. "James is not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in this country, it's safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality."  

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Gunn was fired last week after notable conspiracy theorists and far-right activists unearthed his old tweets containing offensive jokes about pedophilia and rape. 

Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec, who have long peddled false conspiracies accusing political and media figures of sex crimes, led their followers in putting pressure on Disney to fire Gunn over the old tweets. 

Cernovich, a far-right propagandist, has led multiple targeted social media campaigns against media figures aimed at smearing their credibility. In 2017, he warned his "enemies" that he planned to dig up their "fireable tweets."

"Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man," Pratt wrote Monday in an Instagram post of the open letter. "I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the following statement — signed by our entire cast."

Gunn issued a statement apologizing for the jokes after his ouster. 

“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative,” Gunn said, according to BuzzFeed. “I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”

A Change.com petition asking for Gunn to be reinstated has attracted more than 336,000 signatures since he got the boot on July 20.