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The Problem With James Gunn's Ouster

Roseanne Barr controversy is likely what started this, but we can't compare the two: columnists
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2018 3:18 PM CDT
In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, filmmaker James Gunn arrives at the 9th annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Disney fired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn Friday after offensive tweets Gunn made a decade ago were surfaced by conservative provocateur Mike Cernovich, and the reactions are rolling in. On Vulture, Mark Harris notes that we likely have the Roseanne Barr controversy to thank for this; it was ABC (a Disney-owned network) that canceled her show after Barr compared Valerie Jarrett to an ape on Twitter. Barr was a hero to the right-wing thanks to her support for President Trump, and her supporters quickly cast her firing as the result of a smear campaign by the liberal media. In their view, "blatant racism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and anti-Jewish or anti-Muslim rhetoric" can all be filed under the same "not politically correct" umbrella that so-called "snowflakes" can't handle, Harris writes. Thus, Cernovich seemed to be saying, "If you can get someone fired by saying their words are offensive, we can too." The problem, in Harris' view, is that Gunn's "lame," albeit tasteless, jokes can't truly be compared to attacks on minorities, the LGBTQ community, or women—and by insisting they're the same thing, we're heading down a scary path. More:

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