Disney recently fired James Gunn from directing Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and severed their relationship with him following disturbing tweets that resurfaced from ten years ago joking about rape and pedophilia.
Now it’s learned following Gunn’s dismissal that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson apparently proceeded to delete over 20,000 tweets.
According to Twitter users and a YouTube video below, Rian Johnson had 22.3K tweets, but then deleted them down to around 1,100.
It’s presently unknown what the tweets stated, some of which can be found on the internet archive site that takes screenshots: web.archive.org.
Following Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson was announced on a new untitled Star Wars trilogy for Disney.
Disney hired James Gunn back in 2012 for Guardians of the Galaxy; Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn released the following statement about firing James Gunn from the company: “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.”
James Gunn has since apologized (and has apologized many times in the past):
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”
“Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”