As Twitchy reported, Disney removed director James Gunn from “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” after old tweets resurfaced from when Gunn considered himself a “provocateur” — tweets about child rape and how hilarious it was when a monkey ejaculated on a child actor.
Some conservatives, like Glenn Beck and Ben Shapiro, defended Gunn against his firing, while other outlets like Breitbart and The Daily Caller published posts saying not so fast — let’s take a closer look at this guy before passing judgment on Disney. Sen. Ted Cruz called Gunn’s old tweets “evil” and wondered if he should be investigated.
Wow. These #JamesGunn tweets are just horrible. Child rape is no laughing matter. As Texas SG, I handled far too many child sexual assaults. Truly evil. I’m glad Disney fired him, but if these tweets are true, he needs to be prosecuted. pic.twitter.com/1IgHC18J4x
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 21, 2018
The thing is, we’ve just gotta ask: what’s the deal with “jokes” about child rape and pedophilia? On Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly published a piece about “Community” and “Rick and Morty” creator Dan Harmon and why he deleted his Twitter account:
Dan Harmon has issued an apology and deleted his Twitter account after graphic video in which he sexually violates a baby doll resurfaced online.
Full story: https://t.co/pd5W5y4H6G pic.twitter.com/jKIX1QxZ1k
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 24, 2018
We’ll get to a still from that video a little further down, so be forewarned before scrolling any further.
“In 2009, I made a ‘pilot’ which strove to parody the series Dexter and only succeeded in offending,” Harmon wrote in a statement obtained by EW. “I quickly realized the content was way too distasteful and took the video down immediately. Nobody should ever have to see what you saw and for that, I sincerely apologize.”
The video, titled Daryl, is a five-minute spoof of Showtime’s long-running series Dexter, and was posted to Channel 101, the website Harmon co-founded in 2009. The video follows Daryl (played by Harmon) as he enters a home through a window, removes his pants, and rubs his genitals on a baby doll while partly naked. The logline provided by Channel 101 reads, “Originally made with Showtime, Dan Harmon presents a groundbreaking new show about the darker side of therapy.” Harmon calls the character “a baby rapist with a heart of gold.”
“A baby rapist with a heart of gold.”
This is not ok.
— Matt Srsly? 🐧 (@EmJayHix) July 24, 2018
Thats just sick!!
— Nathou2 (@Nath1973Canada) July 24, 2018
Cool. Apology should do it.
— 🇺🇸Red Forman🍺 (@myfootnyourass) July 24, 2018
Wow. You shouldn’t have those thoughts. That’s not right.
— Aaron Riley (@zoostationaz) July 24, 2018
Um, here’s that still we warned you about:
We never forget pic.twitter.com/1Uzoa96YUs
— gggeegeegggrilllll (@geerilliangee) July 24, 2018
It was a Dexter parody, right? Dexter killed other killers, right? Then why didn’t Dan make a parody about raping rapist? Dan made a parody about raping innocent babies, that doesn’t seem like a Dexter parody.
— UndocumentedGuest (@jj4liberty) July 24, 2018
#BoycottCartoonNetwork #BoycottAdultSwim until #DanHarmon the pedophile comedian is gone. A children's network has no business employing someone like him. He's a degenerate. He's sick. What he did is inexcusable and indefensible.
— Allen Ethridge (@AllenEthridge28) July 24, 2018
We’re not big on boycotts, and we haven’t heard anything about Cartoon Network taking any action. But come on; like someone said above, who has these thoughts — and then writes a script and hires a camera crew and airs the damn thing before realizing it might be over the line?
In other old tweets news, Twitchy favorite Rob Province on Tuesday dug up this gem from Sarah Silverman, who made some sexually explicit videos in support of Obama’s 2012 campaign:
Hey, is it considered molestation if the child makes the first move? I'm gonna need a quick answer on this.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) July 7, 2009
Jump forward eight years …
Was that supposed to be funny? Cause it wasn't.
— David Mondrus (@mongoosenewyork) February 13, 2017
that's ok doll. Comedy is subjective. I thought it was a funny/dumb tweet 8 years ago when I posted it
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2017
“I thought it was dumb when I posted it” and “comedy is subjective” should cover it.
Here’s the deal — we really don’t want to see political sides trading scalps by digging through old tweets … even if CNN does have a staffer dedicated to digging up old dirt. But we have to ask again: what’s the deal with “jokes” about baby rape and child molestation? There seems to be more of it out there than just James Gunn, and that’s not funny.
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Someone dug up another defense of Silverman and her cringe-worthy old “work.”
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) July 25, 2018
Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait stands with James Gunn, suggests Disney check out James Woods' tweets https://t.co/7iPjeYgWps
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 23, 2018
'Hollywood in a nutshell'? Trump's Walk of Fame star got destroyed but many can't help but notice what's 'untouched' https://t.co/q8jTfnDNZ6
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 25, 2018