Director Rian Johnson deletes 20,000 tweets following James Gunn firing

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on JAN 11, 2019

Johnson said that he deleted the tweets for his own reasons, and that there was no instruction from Disney or anyone else to clean up his online presence.

Rian Johnson, who directedStar Wars: The Last Jedi, deleted about 20,00 tweets from his account recently,Entertainment Weeklyreported.

Johnson said that he deleted the tweets for his own reasons, and that there was no instruction from Disney -- for which he is developing aStar Wars trilogy --or anyone else to clean up his online presence.
"I don't think I've ever tweeted anything bad," he said. "But it's nine years of stuff written largely off the cuff as ephemera, if trolls scrutinizing it for ammunition is the new normal, this seems like a 'why not?' move."

James Gunn, the director ofGuardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, was fired from that job after alt-right Twitter users highlighted old tweets of his that joked about rape, molestation, and AIDS, among other topics. Gunn apologized for the comments when they were first discovered several years ago, and released a second statement calling the tweets "totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative."

Rick & Mortyco-creator Dan Harmon faced similar backlash over a video that showed him simulating a sexual violation on a doll. In response, Harmon deleted his Twitter account and apologized for the video. Adult Swim, the program that carriesRick & Morty, said that while the video was offensive, Harmon understood that he would not be allowed to create similar content at Adult Swim.

The same group of alt-right Twitter users has targeted comedians Sarah Silverman, Michael Ian Black, and Patton Oswalt for their own vulgar jokes in recent days

 

 

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