Gunn was let go from Disney Friday after decade-old rape and pedophilia jokes he made on Twitter resurfaced. Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, continued to defend Gunn on Sunday in wake of what he described as an "injustice."
"What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you?" he tweeted. "Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions?"
While responded to a fan asking if he planned on boycotting the third film in the franchise, which Gunn was in the middle of writing, Bautista argued the situation "is so much bigger than" the movie. "This was a cyber Nazi attack that succeeded," he tweeted. "Unless we start to unite together against this crap, whether people are offended are not, it's going to get much worse."
What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you? Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible JOKES in the past instead of defending you for INSPIRING millions? MILLIONS!!! #Redemption #injustice @JamesGunn
What happened here is so much bigger then G3, @JamesGunn ,myself,@Disney etc. This was a #cybernazi attack that succeeded. Unless we start to unite together against this crap, whether people are offended are not! ...it's going to get much worse. And it can happen to anyone https://t.co/AMZEd0tfqb
Saldana explained that since it's been a "challenging weekend," she's "pausing" before she gives her full opinion on the matter. However, she stressed that she loves "ALL" members of her "GOTG" family.
It's been a challenging weekend I'm not gonna lie. I'm pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will.
In addition, a Change.org petition has already garnered hundreds of thousands of digital signatures demanding Disney rehire Gunn. Actress Selma Blair encouraged her followers to sign and support Gunn because he's "one of the good ones."
Marvel: RE-HIRE JAMES GUNN - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/JeVbFZkQLL via @Change. Because if people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving? This man is one of the good ones.
Gunn's brother Sean, an actor who also appears in the "Guardians" movies, shared a lengthy statement on Twitter over the weekend. He recognized his brother "used to be kind of a jackass," but argued he's become a "better person" as a result of working on the films.
Read Sean's full statement below.
I hope it goes without saying that I love and support my brother James. And I'm quite proud of how kind, generous, and compassionate he is with the people in his life, whether they are friends, family, colleagues, fans, or strangers. Since he was a kid, it was clear he had a desire (maybe destiny) to be an artist, tell stories, find his voice through comics, films, his band. The struggle to find that voice was sometimes clunky, misguided, or downright stupid, and sometimes wonderful, moving, and hilarious.
Since devoting his entire life to the Guardians movies and MCU six years ago, I've seen him channel that voice into his work on those movies and seen him transform from the guy who made up things to shock people. I saw firsthand as he went from worrying about 'softening his edge' for a larger audience to realizing that his "edge" wasn't as useful of a tool as he thought it was. That his gift for storytelling was something better. I saw that he was more open-hearted than the guy who needed to get a rise out of people by making nasty or offensive jokes (or whatever you choose to call them -- I don't think his bluer material was ever his funniest and neither does Mom).
In many respects this change in my brother was reflected in the change that the Guardians go through. I've heard my brother say many times that when Quill rallies the team with 'this is our chance to give a shit' -- to care -- that it's the pep talk he himself needed to hear. It's part of what made working on the Guardians movies such a rewarding experience for the cast, myself included. We managed to find ourselves involved in a big-budget superhero movie that was, at its core, deeply personal. That's a gift. And that's why it's good.
This isn't new information, by the way. It's all stuff that James has explained many times in interviews, in more detail and more eloquently. It's not some new spin. It's always been part of the story.
So I guess my hope is that fans continue to watch and appreciate the 'Guardians' movies, not despite the fact that the filmmaker used to be kind of a jackass, but because of it. They are, after all, movies about discovering your best self. Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I'm proud of that.Peace.