Let this be a warning to everybody and anybody who posts things on the internet: it will be the end of you. That’s what James Gunn has learned, anyway, after a two-year-old blog post in which he graphically describes how one might engage in sexual intercourse with various superheroes – fifty to be exact – has emerged from the lost pits of the internet cache, presumably to haunt his chances in directing upcoming Marvel flick Guardians of the Galaxy. So much controversy has this post caused, that many comic book fans have called for Gunn to be fired from the job, apparently deeming him too childish to helm a movie about a talking raccoon and his friend the tree.
The post has caused an even bigger stir with The Human Right Association, who went on to claim that many of the entries are homophobic, sexist and misogynist. One entry, concerning card-throwing superhero Gambit, states: “My girlfriend voted for this Cajun fruit. I think she’s looking to have a devil’s three way with the two of us. The idea of my balls slapping against Gambit’s makes me sick to my stomach”, whilst an entry on Black Window read: “Natasha Romanova is the highest debut on the list, and, considering she’s f-cked half the men in the Marvel Universe, it’s much deserved.”
As a result of said blog post, James Gunn issued the following apology:
A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don’t think it’s funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many. I’m sorry and regret making them at all.
People who are familiar with me as evidenced by my Facebook page and other mediums know that I’m an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said.
We’re all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us. I’m learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all.
What do you think? Is this outrage justified? Do you think the world has overreacted to an obvious slice of satire, or do you reckon James Gunn should be thrown off of Guardians of the Galaxy? Which superheroes do you fancy? Let us know all your thoughts in the comment section below.