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A celebrity hired by Disney has a shameful Twitter past and gets fired after mass public outrage shames the company into cutting the celeb loose. Sound familiar? We’re not talking Trump-supporting Roseanne Barr this time though. We’re talking Trump-opposing James Gunn — director of both Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

Last week, Gunn got into some deep trouble when some old offensive tweets of his were unearthed and circulated. In light of the inappropriate humour, Disney fired Gunn as director from the third installment of Guardians. The tweets range from poorly thought-out “edgy” jokes to comments that were completely inappropriate and make light of pedophilia and rape. To get an idea:

“I like when little boys touch me in my silly place,” one read.

“The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like, ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!'” says another.

Gunn quickly issued a statement through The Hollywood Reporter and on the very platform that brought about his downfall. The director said he “regretted” the six-year-old tweets and called them “stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped.” He also assured the public that he has matured as a person in the years since he tweeted those jokes and said, “they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”

James’ brother Sean Gunn, who appears in the Guardians films made a statement to the same effect over the weekend. He said that he loves and supports his brother, but admits that his attempts at humour have been misguided and “downright stupid” in the past. He also said that James has grown, especially through his involvement in the Marvel franchise, and that those jokes are no longer reflective of the person he is now.

A little background: these tweets were unearthed by Mike Cernovich — an alt-right social media personality and the man behind wild political conspiracies such as Pizzagate. At the end of 2017, Cernovich vowed that he would use his “enemies” own past tweets against them and he’s been hunting for incriminating tweets by the “Liberal Elite” (i.e. Hollywood heavyweights and members of the mainstream media) ever since. He’s taken down a few people already, and James Gunn is his latest victim.

Despite the clear targeting and old material, Disney’s move and the reaction of some people online has drawn a false equivalence between the Gunn situation and Roseanne’s racist tweets about Valerie Jarrett (you know, from this year). In light of that, many celebrities who have worked with Gunn have come out to support him and petition that he get his job back.

Fans likewise saw a difference between Roseanne and Gunn (as did Vulture). A large number started a Twitter movement this week to #RehireJamesGunn.

Someone who doesn’t see the difference: Roseanne herself. She tweeted that she was “disgusted” by the support for Gunn and that it is unfair for the same people who want him to get his job back to have blacklisted her for “a joke they didn’t even understand.” Not to make the obvious argument here, but jokes don’t stop being racist just because the reader doesn’t understand them.

Regardless of the controversy, there is a Change.org petition to get Disney to rehire the director. As of Tuesday afternoon, the page had 269,901 of its 300,000 goal and was still rapidly growing.