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The Anti James Gunn has found a new, not surprising supporter: Roseanne Barr. The fired ABC star tweeted on Tuesday: "I am disgusted to read all the support for James Gunn's pedophile jokes when the same people supported me for a joke they did not even understand. " was a short message, but a loaded one – and perfectly aligned with the campaign to get Gunn off the Marvel Studios in the first place.
Disney's Ax Gunn, who both directed Guardians of the Galaxy films for Marvel Studios, on Friday, after the right-wing media figures Jack Posobiec and Mike Cernovich emerged old tweets that the director published between 2009 and 2012 – most were vile jokes about rape and pedophilia. This week Rick and Morty Creator Dan Harmon was also forced to apologize for an offensive video he made in 2009 after being attacked by right-wing extremist trolls. (Adult Swim used to be on Harmon, and although Disney might have gunned Gunn down quickly, the cast Guardians is not so eager to distance themselves from their leader.)
Though the jokes might have them had a bad taste, Barr's comparison with Gunn is at best a false equivalence. As noted by Vulture Mark Harris in a work published Monday, the differences between Gunn and Barr are plentiful – starting with the fact that while Gunn's jokes were years old, the tweet that fired Barr was brand new was. And Harris pointed out that the anger over Gunn's outrageous jokes was not sincere insult, but weapon-like anger: "The indignation with which Cernovich Gunn went after is a calculated attitude, a way of saying," If you can dismiss someone " Your words are insulting, we can do that, "he wrote.
Barr's Tweet About Valerie Jarrett was also more than a vague, racist joke: it was a deliberate attack on a particular person from a marginalized community focused on their race. And while Barr claims that her critics "did not even understand" her joke, Barr does not seem to have understood. The ex Roseanne actress has apologized and defended the tweet in various ways since unleashing it and quickly erasing it. At first she blamed Ambien: "It was 2 o'clock in the morning and I was chirping Ambien – it was Memorial Day too – I went 2 far and I do not want to be defended – it was outrageous [.] Indefenible I made a mistake, me I wished I had not done it … please do not defend it, ty, "she said. Elsewhere, Barr claimed that her Planet of the Apes reference is a allusion to "the anti-Semitism of the Iran Agreement". Low IQ people can think whatever they want. "She cried and said she did not want her tweet defended, and she screamed loudly to her own defense with a very different explanation:" I thought the bitch was white! "Gunn, on the other hand, has long been consistent in answering his bad tweets – even before they showed up last week – claiming he's no longer with them, he repeated this message on Friday, both on Twitter and through a public statement, in which he wrote in part: "My words almost a decade ago at the time were utterly failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years – not only because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly senseless, and certainly not provocative, as I had hoped, but also because they do not reflect the person I am or have been for sometime , Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept today's business decisions. , , , I apologize to everyone in my industry and beyond. "
Harris points out that Gunn's firing is worrying and could predict a future in which calculated projections of outrage will be used as a cudgel against alleged political opponents." As a 4chan user to Harmon wrote, "If you for someone who makes racist jokes, scalp, we get scalp, so they make pedophile jokes. "There you have it: an eye for an eye, scalp for scalp or, in this case, an apple for an orange.