Chris Pratt and his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy stars have released an open letter in support of fired filmmaker and director James Gunn.
“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 in which he shared a letter co-signed by the cast. “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.”
In the open letter, the cast referenced a Change.org petition asking for Gunn to be reinstated. So far, the petition has attracted more than 330,000 signatures following Disney’s firing of Gunn on July 20 after offensive tweets resurfaced in which the filmmaker joked about topics such as pedophilia and rape.
“We fully support James Gunn. 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,” began the letter, signed by Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Pom Klementieff. “In that time we have been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of Volume 3, as well as discouraged by those who were so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories around him.”
Gunn’s offensive tweets were resurfaced by conservative personalities, and the Guardians stars referenced political division in the United States in the letter.