Marvel Studios: Remove James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy movie
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Marvel Studios: Remove James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy movie

    1. Rachel Ruzzo
    2. Petition by

      Rachel Ruzzo

      Brooklyn, NY

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November 2012

Victory

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 - James



This year, Marvel released The Avengers, written and directed by Joss Whedon--a man who has been honored by the National Organization for Women as one of their Men on the Frontlines. Any reader of comics or viewer of superhero movies knows that the portrayal of women is often over-sexualized with their roles minimized, but many writers and directors have been taking steps to portray women as people, rather than objects.

However, Marvel’s upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy, is slated to be written and directed by James Gunn--a man whose relationship to female characters is troubling at best. In 2011, James Gunn wrote commentary on “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With”. While there is no problem with discussing, fantasizing, or even enjoying the sexualization of comic book characters, the manner in which James Gunn discussed female characters speaks to a deeply disturbing mindset that has no place in powerful hands.

While the article has been removed from Gunn’s personal website, it is still viewable on Google Cache and the words from this man are still available to be seen.

[On Emma Frost] For those men who love rude bitches, the White Queen is number one.
[On Black Widow] Natasha Romanova is the highest debut on the list, and, considering she’s fucked half the men in the Marvel Universe, it’s much deserved. (Please note that this is factually incorrect)
[on Elektra] Maybe she’s like carrying one of those little mini-fans, only a mini-fan who will give you a really terrific, Ninja-trained blow job.

[On Dazzler] Disco Dazzler, Rave Dazzler, and Punk Rock Dazzler, they all have one thing in common – a friggin’ GREAT vagina.
[On Kitty Pryde] @KittyPryde actually wrote me on Twitter after posting the nominees for heroes you most want to have sex with. I wrote her back, but neglected to mention that I wanted to anally do her
[On Tigra] For thirty-plus years Tigra has been consistently poorly-written, which means you’d probably have an easy time talking your way into her pants.  
[On Spider-Woman] I finish on her face to help block out the painful memories. There. That’s better. I love you, Jessica.

Only his comments on Marvel Women have been included here, but he speaks on other characters (male and female) with a tone that is derogatory, homophobic, and downright misogynist.

As the director and writer of a major film, sure to be seen by millions, the man is a creator of culture. At a time when Marvel has shown interest in developing female characters and building a female audience as seen with the launch of Captain Marvel and Fearless Defenders, an association with James Gunn will only serve to set the company back in its progress.

The signers of this petition urge Marvel to cut ties with Gunn and find a new director who has respect for women.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. James Gunn issues explanation and apology

      Rachel Ruzzo
      Petition Organizer

      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 - James

      A couple of years... | Facebook

      James Gunn wrote: A couple of years ago I wrote a blog... Join Facebook to connect with James Gunn and others you may know.

    2. Reached 5,000 signatures
    3. Vulture weighs in.

      Rachel Ruzzo
      Petition Organizer

      Comic Books and Sexism: A Hollywood Director's Old Blog Post Riles Up the Internet

      The writer/director of Guardians of the Galaxy called X-Man Gambit a

    4. Bleeding Cool weighs in.

      Rachel Ruzzo
      Petition Organizer

      James Gunn's History Of Misogyny Resurfaces As He Preps To Write And Direct Guardians Of The Galaxy | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

      Are you getting excited for 2014′s Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation? The film is being produced by Marvel Studios and James Gunn has been brought on to write and direct the feature. Unfortunately for Gunn, his association with the project has led to people taking an interest in some of his previous academic writings upon the subject of comic books and the characters who inhabit them.

    5. Huffington Post weighs in

      Rachel Ruzzo
      Petition Organizer

      Marvel Director Incites Outrage With Perceivably Sexist, Homophobic Superhero Article

      Director James Gunn, who was hired by Disney to write and direct Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," has incited outrage with an online article about superhero sex. Gunn has been labeled sexist and homophobic due to slurs and graphic descriptions included in his blog post, "The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    6. Think Progress Weighs in

      Rachel Ruzzo
      Petition Organizer

      " I do think that he and Disney should have to explain why these kinds of attitudes haven’t ruined him from being the kind of person who’s actually suited to introduce the first Marvel superheroine to an audience that includes men who are capable of reading superwomen as more than templates for sexual fantasies, and women who are eager to see themselves reflected on screen."

      'Guardians Of The Galaxy Director' James Gunn Likes Being Gross About Superheroines On The Internet

      When word came down in August that Guardians of the Galaxy, the planned 2014 Marvel movie about an oddball group of superheroes including an interstellar raccoon and a talking tree, was actually a backdoor introduction of Carol Danvers, the badass Air Force pilot who is now Captain Marvel, I was ridiculously excited.

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures
    8. Hollywood Reporter weighs in

      Rachel Ruzzo
      Petition Organizer
      Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Draws Heat for Controversial Superhero Article

      A blog post written by James Gunn -- the filmmaker hand-picked by Marvel Studios to re-write and direct their upcoming superhero blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy -- has been removed from the Internet amid building outrage over comments in it perceived to be sexist and homophobic.

    9. Reached 2,500 signatures
    10. Reached 2,000 signatures
    11. James Gunn's Commentary

      Rachel Ruzzo
      Petition Organizer

      The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With | JamesGunn.com - Official Website for James Gunn

      After posting the yesterday, we received thousands of votes on Twitter, Facebook, and here, due in part to the help of the Crimson Bolt himself, Rainn Wilson, who spread the word on Twitter. So, without further ado, here are the 50 Superheroes you are just dying to eff: nominees 1.

    12. So Here's the Slut-Shaming, Homophobic Post on Superheroes

      Rachel Ruzzo
      Petition Organizer

      So Here's the Slut-Shaming, Homophobic Post on Superheroes by... the Director of Guardians of the Galaxy

      Generally, I don't make a habit of making news posts about things that happened on the Internet more than a year ago. Unless, of course, it managed to slip everyone's attention and is just blowing up now. I also don't make a habit of writing news posts about random people on the internet being jerks.

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    • Rick Carroll WHITTIER, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      I don't believe in the language he uses and what he actually believes in. If this movie is made, my family and I will not see it.

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    • Aleksander Mackiewicz POZNAń, POLAND
      • over 1 year ago

      As a comic fan, I'm tired of misogyny and homophobia in the industry.

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    • Monica Cunningham UNIONVILLE, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      As a fan of comic books and women, I can't sit by and let this just happen without at least lifting a finger. Come on, Marvel. You're better than this.

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    • Erik Wise SEATTLE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Besides his repulsive attitude towards women, his flippant and derogatory remarks about gay men are reprehensible. Marvel Studios can do better than this.

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    • Richard Arnold PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      bigotry, divisiveness and homophobia no longer need a voice in any industry

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