Hollywood director James Gunn has been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after a series of years-old tweets resurfaced online, sparking a right-wing campaign to have him removed.

The tweets, which date back to between 2008 and 2011, show Gunn making several extremely questionable jokes about rape and paedophilia.

Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced that Gunn had been given the sack on Friday, saying:

The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible.

[They are] inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.

Gunn is also the director of the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, which are some of Disney/Marvel‘s most successful.

He’s also an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. It’s been mostly high-profile American conservatives calling for him to be fired over the decade-old tweets, which is fairly interesting considering the US president’s laissez faire attitude towards his own Twitter account.

The director has apologised both on Twitter and in a statement to Variety.

In his statement, he said:

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.

Disney has not yet announced who will replace Gunn as director of GotG Vol. 3.

Source: News.com.au
Image: Instagram / @jamesgunn