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David Miller
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 5:19pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Seriously, it used to be when a Republican politician made the mistake of criticizing some typically vile Rush Limbaugh bloviation, they'd be forced to issue a craven apology within a week. Now somebody who helped make $1 billion for Disney has been hounded out of his job 48 hours after mouthing off to a right-wing fringe figure. It's a particularly concerning canary what just dropped in our coal mine. 


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Dave B Stewart
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 5:25pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

John Papa, please don't allow my opinion to stand in the way of your enjoyment of rape and pedophilia jokes.
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Thomas Woods
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 5:27pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Oh, since a right winger pointed it out, that makes it
all okay.

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Thomas Woods
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 5:30pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

This is one of those things I wish could be tested with
time travel. Go back a couple of days and reveal a right
winger said these things, get the reaction, then reveal
that it was actually James Gunn.

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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 6:08pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Patton Oswalt's take:  Link
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 6:38pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Go back a couple of days and reveal a right  winger said these things, get the reaction, then reveal  that it was actually James Gunn. 

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I wouldn’t expect these types of jokes from a right-winger. It’s edgelord material.
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 6:42pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I’m not sure Gunn’s conservative critics should be celebrating here. If their argument is that people should be free to speak and not have to capitulate to “outrage culture”, they’ve lost the argument.
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Marc Baptiste
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 6:55pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I would HATE to be judged by jokes I made, or frankly anything I said or wrote years ago.  However, this is DISNEY after all and these were jokes about child rape, etc.  They didn't have a lot of choice.

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Robert Bradley
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 7:07pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

The "I'm different now" defense really doesn't work for me, but we should also be holding our presidential candidates to an even higher standard then, shouldn't we?

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Michael Sommerville
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 7:30pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

When I first read this story it seemed there were a couple very outrageous tweets, but there are many. 

Roseanne was fired, ridiculed, ostracized called racist for her irresponsible "joke" tweet.  Some defend Gunn's tweets on, rape, child rape, anal rape of a sleeping female friend, NAMBLA participation and more as bad jokes from years ago. 

Like Rosanne, James Gunn is solely to blame for his actions. The right wing nut who made it a story did not put those thoughts into his head and force him to post them. Disney would have had a nightmare defending keeping Gunn when they fired Roseanne, they needed to keep this a Gunn story not a Disney story.


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Christopher Frost
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Posted: 20 July 2018 at 8:47pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

The real issue at hand is whether or not it's fair to destroy someones career because they said something stupid or offensive, especially if it was years in the past and not yesterday. Pretty much every person on the planet has said something stupid or made an inappropriate comment at one point or another in their lives. Should you lose you job because something stupid you did years ago? If everyone was held to the same standard that people are currently holding public figures to, almost all of us would be out on the streets.  If there is a statute of limitations on criminal charges, shouldn't we also have one with regards to saying dumb things? If you said something stupid or offensive years ago and apologized for it, shouldn't that be the end of it instead of dragging it up again years later just to drag someone through the mud to satisfy a "gotcha!" mentality?
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Posted: 21 July 2018 at 12:30am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Honestly, I have to be objective here & not subjective. Objectively, if this was Trump, like with his ‘locker talk’ tape & the other things he has said in the past, I would be calling for his head. 

So, yeah, I think he has to go. 

But so does Trump. 
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