My Argument for James Gunn's Reinstatement

My Argument for James Gunn's Reinstatement

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Firstly, I understand that language, even satirised, can break hearts and minds. However, context is essential, as is the acknowledgement that some victims are upset by paedophile jokes, but some are not. Some victims of child sex abuse even joke about it as a coping mechanism for the trauma they've experienced. 

Arguing that James is secretly a paedophile because he made jokes about it is ridiculous. There is no way beyond a criminal conviction to confirm that he is, but criminals do not like to draw attention to themselves. Do you think that Ted Bundy would have made jokes about raping and killing women if he were on social media?

Furthermore, James had no incentive to lie during the time he made his apology. Without a motive to lie, it’s more likely that the apology was sincere. If he relapsed or had made the jokes last year, that would be a different story, showing him to be hypocritical and insincere, but he didn't. He stayed true to his word.

Also, James didn’t make thousands of paedophile jokes. He used a Tweet eraser program because it’s easier than deleting numerous tweets manually. The claims that James posted a link to child porn and is friends with a convicted paedophile are nonsense, too; Google is your friend. The paedophile themed party James attended only confirms a twisted sense of humour he publicly disavowed from, nothing more.

For those claiming that it's wrong to joke about child rape, where is your evidence that it's harmful? If you don't have any proof, how can you say that it's wrong? Arguing that a grown man should've known better is irrelevant if you cannot empirically show what he did was damaging. Nevertheless, James still regretted the jokes he made years ago. They, at worst, were insensitive, crude, and poorly executed, but not nearly as bad as actually molesting children. Being offended isn't a clinically damaging experience, nor is offending people a crime.

Now for some science, namely, a study titled “Cognitive and emotional demands of black humour processing: the role of intelligence, aggressiveness and mood,” published in a journal called ‘Cognitive Processing.’ In the study, the participants who responded the most positively to dark humour cartoons satirising war, famine, disease, etc., also scored higher in tests of intelligence, their level of education, and reported lower levels of aggression and fewer mood disturbances. 

So, given the catharsis dark humour can provide, given that James apologised years ago for the jokes and never publicly made them since, and given that you can still be a decent, intelligent, emotionally stable person even if you have joked about taboo subjects, what's the problem here? Ultimately, it's up to Disney here, but if James did get reinstated, you could punish him by refusing to watch the next GOTG. If you believe in the free market, then let the market decide his fate.

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