“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has apologized for a blog post he wrote almost two years ago, commenting on the results of a poll called “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With.” The Mary Sue discovered the post on Gunn’s site (which had been deleted but available via Google cache) and ran a piece stating that Gunn’s jokes were sexist, homophobic and generally offensive. The story was picked up pretty much everywhere and the internet became a whirling dervish of anti-, pro-, and who gives a damn about- James Gunn and his poll. Our man Charles Webb chimed in with his own, (IMO) very well-reasoned and level-headed thoughts, which I highly recommend you check out. Well last night, Gunn finally responded by posting the following message on his Facebook page:
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
Whether or not this convinces the staunch anti-Gunn crowd that the jokes in his blog post–which he admits were unfunny and ill-conceived–were just poorly-executed satire or the thoughts of a hate-monger is honestly none of our collective business. But Gunn said his piece. I guess we’ll see what happens as the internet and the world spins on.