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Bobcat Goldthwait to Disney: Don't Be 'Hypocritical,' Stop Using My Voice

Comedian voices support for James Gunn
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2018 5:21 PM CDT
Bobcat Goldthwait attends the 11th Annual New York Television Festival screening and panel of truTV's original comedy series "Those Who Can't," at the SVA Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in New York.   (Photo by Ben Hider/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Bobcat Goldthwait thinks Disney might want to remove his voice from one of its upcoming theme park attractions, so as not to appear "hypocritical." The comedian made the suggestion in an Instagram post criticizing Disney's firing of James Gunn over controversial posts the Guardians of the Galaxy director made a decade ago, which were surfaced by conservative websites. "You see here’s the deal, years ago I made a lot of sarcastically shocking and offensive jokes," reads Goldthwait 's post. "Many that I’m embarrassed about now, and I’d hate to make you guys look bad seeing that I’m openly critical of the president and his administration, and you seem to be taking your lead from some of his radical fringe supporters."

Goldthwait named the attraction as World of Color—Villainous, and said that in it he reprises his role voicing Pain in Hercules. (Interestingly, the attraction has not yet been formally announced, and his post fueled rumors on Disney boards that the attraction will be an overlay of the existing World of Color attraction for Halloween in 2019.) Goldthwait had another suggestion for Disney, too: "I think James Woods may have recorded a voice for this new attraction, too. Why not check out some of his whacky past tweets?! They’re a hoot!" He also referred to the 1995 movie (from Disney arm Buena Vista Pictures) Powder, which, the Hollywood Reporter notes, was directed by Victor Salva, who was convicted in 1988 of molesting a 12-year-old actor in one of his films. A number of Gunn's colleagues have come to his defense; Guardians star Dave Bautista wrote on Twitter that "this was a #cybernazi attack that succeeded." (Read more Disney stories.)

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